"Inspired writing . . . it flows like melted butter and glistens as it goes . . . Blackman knows her verse forms and uses them to brilliant effect" (Guardian)
"It is funny and poignant and Blackman's use of language is wonderfully economic. This is a masterpiece of writing and a book for all ages" (TES)
"It soon develops into a cautionary tale about the way that both a friendship and a child's originality is destroyed by peer pressure. What makes it even more unusual is that it is told out of the mind of the boy who brought about the destruction. Blackman threads humour into the tragedy and (just) succeeds in giving us something to hope for" (Independent)
"Hats off to Malorie Blackman . . . Sheer poetry" (Oxford Times)
From the Back Cover
And it's his fault -
The fault of the class idiot
The class bully . . .
Davey is a new boy and Sam can't stand him. He thinks Davey is a first-class, grade A, top-of-the-dung-heap moron. But when the two are thrown together, Sam discovers that Davey's eccentric way of looking at the world makes life a lot more exciting.
Until something terrible happens . . .
A beautiful, funny and sad story, told completely in verse.
'One of the most original and moving books of the year... absolutely remarkable' Daily Mail
'Funny and poignant... a masterpiece of writing and a book for all ages' TES