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Inside Paperback – 7 Jan 2010
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"This well-researched book is no easy ride as it illustrates the grim reality of prison life for young people." (Bookseller's choice, The Bookseller)
"This is raw and powerful writing." (Lovereading4kids)
"The dilemmas Lee faces in this violent and uncertain environment make for a compelling read." (Books for Keeps)
"This bleak and unsentimental book is well worth reading." (Carousel)
"It would be good to get copies inside the YOI's because I'm sure the lads will enjoy reading it." (Gemma Baranowski, Youth Offender Team Worker Gemma Baranowski, Youth Offender Team Worker)
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All the same, Lee isn't cuddly. He's beaten his own mother up, a crime even the other young offenders despise - and his cell-mate, the horrible Sharpey, knows about this and uses the knowledge to control him. The novel's told in Lee's own voice, and Jarman has rendered it brilliantly, a mixture of brutality and vulnerability. It is, in many ways, the voice of a child.
But a child who's effectively on his own, who has to make major choices with the odds stacked against him. He's lucky, because there are one or two people who care enough to offer him a helping hand. All through the book, you're trembling for him, knowing that his future hangs in the balance - will he be able to turn himself round, or will he slither downwards?
I agree with the positive reviews posted so far and would only add that I was a little disappointed, when the tale came to an end,that we, the readers, were nor sure how the young convict was going to fare on the outside.
Hopefully Ms Jarman is planning a sequel !