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How It Works: Everyone Gets the Angel They Deserve [Library Binding]

Graham Marks
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Mar 2004
It just takes one day for Seb's life to fall apart. He is in trouble with school for non-attendance, in trouble with his mother for far too many things to mention, and he has just been dumped by his girlfriend. So instead of trying to sort out any of these troubles, Seb takes off for the day, to central London, where things soon start to unravel. Seb awakes a few days later in a hospital bed, lucky to be alive after having got into a fight, and having been saved by an unknown character. But who is that person, and why did he step in to save Seb? Soon Seb is convinced that he has a guardian angel and he is determined to find out who he is. But searching for a guardian angel is no easy task! Wonderfully vivid and remarkably atmospheric, this is a novel for all young adults who want to read books with bite.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: San Val (Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1417643730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1417643738
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

More About the Author

Graham has spent his whole career in children's publishing, firstly as a designer and Creative Director and latterly as a journalist and author. His first published work was a book of poetry, Seeing is Touching (Taurus Press), which came out while he was studying Information Graphics at Harrow School of Art. For some reason, he didn't see this as a sign of things to come and didn't write anything else for years.

Graham has worked for Marvel Comics writing scripts (which was his storytelling apprenticeship), done an eight year stint as a copywriter in an advertising agency (where they pay you more for writing less) and was the Children's Editor for Publishing News until it's closure in 2008. He has also written a number of TV and film-related books, for characters such as SpiderMan, Wallace and Gromit, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Judge Dredd.

Bloomsbury have published his critically acclaimed YA fiction, including Radio Radio, How It Works - South Lanarkshire Book Award winner, 2005 - Zoo, Tokyo - Catalan Young Adult Fiction Award , 2009 - and Omega Place.

Usborne publish his thrillers for the 8-12 age range, including Snatched!, Kaï-ro, I Spy: The Constantinople Caper and its sequel Mean Streets: The Chicago Caper.

Meanwhile Catnip have republished new and revised editions of the books he wrote in the mid-90s: Strange Hiding Place, Faultline, Takedown (previously titled Skitzo) and Playing with Phyre (previously titled Haden's Quest).

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'Marks's grip on reality is so good that the seraphic elements are swept along with total conviction' -- Sunday Telegraph

Like Seb’s own life, How it Works gets better and better as it goes along. This book has a soul’ -- Philip Ardagh, Guardian

‘A great blend of well-observed contemporary life and a little magic realism. Seb is an engaging and realistic character’ -- Observer --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Graham Marks lives in London where he works as a journalist as well as an author. This is Graham's second book for Bloomsbury. His first, RADIO RADIO was incredibly well received on publication in February 2003. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book to read at bedtime! 21 Oct 2013
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A really good book to read any time of day. A friend recommended this book and glad I bought it. Very interesting with lots of good and exciting twists and turns to the story. One I could not put down and could not go to sleep until I was really tired from reading. Highly recommended book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars uplifting 8 Dec 2007
great book....made you think about life and fate and wasn't too sickly sweet....had good twists too
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it ! 23 Dec 2006
Having read this book, I found it uplifting without being saccharine. It deals with the potentially off-putting concept of angels in a balanced and interesting way that will appeal particularly to teenage boys. The narrative is also well-paced and engaging.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very strong language from page one !! 1 Mar 2004
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Bought this book for a 12-year old on the strength of a review in the children's section of the Guardian. Within the first three pages were most of the swear words I could think of I'm no prude but this was over the top. My son said the book was "OK but a bit rude".
I guess there is a huge difference between a 12 year old and a 15 year old. I would not recommend this book for anyone under about 14 or 15.
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