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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (6 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192726242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192726247
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,310,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jess Jones on 20 Jun 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a really brilliant read - there's a strong story with a mystery that gradually unfolds, and a strong vein of satire. But the best thing about it is its tone, which is cool, contemporary, comic and touching all at once. Nigel Richardson creates really memorable characters, and this is a book that will stay with you long after you have read it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Aug 2005
Format: Hardcover
A great story for teenagers where the reader urgently turns the pages. Set in a fictional context with street cred, it explores the role of authority, the media and many issues facing young people in the UK today.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Mar 2008
Format: Paperback
THE WRONG HANDS is a thought provoking novel written by Nigel Richardson. Mr. Richardson introduces the reader to fourteen-year-old Graham Sinclair. Like most people, Graham has a secret. His secret involves his hands.

Graham was born with large hands. It wasn't until he was seven that Graham realized how special his hands were. On a family vacation, as he accidentally starts to slide down the side of a cliff, he puts his hands out, and suddenly he's floating in the air. Graham can fly!!

His mother tells him to never tell anyone his secret, not even his father. When Graham was twelve, he made the mistake of telling a classmate. His secret was too much for her to handle, so she creates a lie that follows Graham ever after. His new nickname is now Perv, and the community thinks he's the stalker that's been reported in the woods.

Once summer vacation comes around, his parents send him to London to spend time with his Uncle George. On a fateful day, Graham witnesses a plane crash in the city. In the rubble of a hit building, he hears a crying baby. Without thinking about it, he flies up to the baby to rescue him. Little does he know that a lady has seen everything he has done. At that point, Graham's life gets even more complicated. Pursued by a persistent lady journalist, everything that Graham says and does gets twisted and distorted.

Mr. Richardson lets the reader glimpse Graham's thoughts and the tragic spiraling of misunderstanding that follows him wherever he goes. In London, Graham finally feels like he's normal, even with his deformed hands. But even in London, he can't escape what happens when society attacks those that are different from the norm. Mr. Richardson makes the reader decide which side of the fence they are on with Graham. THE WRONG HANDS is a reminder that what we see in the news isn't always the truth.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B Clarke on 1 Aug 2006
Format: Paperback
the opening concept is great but he rushes you from place to place hinting at 'the secret' while all along you've guessed it and are just waiting for the exciting bits to happen. The main character is not overly likeable and tends to gloss over the bits you want to read more about and elaborate on finer points which are dull. The ending leaves you cheated as you have laboured through the book only to have more ends left than a bowl of lawnmowered noodles. Very disappointing!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Aug 2005
Format: Hardcover
Dire and disappointing book. A friend who has also read it summed it up nicely 'A poor idea competently executed'. At times you can almost feel the author peering over your shoulder as you're reading, willing you to towards the revelation that you've discovered another Haddon or Pullman - but, unfortunately, he's not in the same league - and it shows. The story hangs on a single, improbable, central premise but reaches no clear conclusion, leaving the reader confused and disoriented at the end. A dud.
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