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Kevin Brooke writes fiction for both Adults and Children. He’s previously self-published a book entitled ‘The Roman Citizens from Class 6B’ and aimed at 6-10 year olds and has had a number of short stories published in anthologies including ‘Short Stories from Black Pear’ as well as various anthologies as a member of Worcester Writers' Circle. 2014 has already been a big year for Kevin with a number of successes in national short story competitions including the receipt of two awards of runner up as well as a highly commended and is a regular on the Worcester spoken word scene.
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15 November 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I too am about 50 years too old for the target readership. But I found the story enticing, the characters well constructed. Clearly the author writes with a good knowledge of the attitudes of youth to honour, social awareness and dare I say it...sex. Oh and cricket too. A really good read.
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31 December 2014
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
A moving and extremely well written book. I would like to recommend this to all high school librarians as it is a wonderful story for children who have experienced bereavement but importantly a great read for boys and girls as well as adults.
7 April 2015
An excellent book covering lots of issues that young Jimmy struggles to cope with after the death of his parents. Moving to a new area to live with his grandmother he is an angry young man, he struggles with his anger about his parents, gets in with the wrong crowd and experiences feeling of first love. A bereavement family support worker never gives up on him and Jimmy is given a great opportunity. The main characters are very strong, and readers will be able to identify with them, whether reading as an adult or a young person.the author obviously has great empathy towards people suffering from a number of issues,
27 June 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
Cricket, adolescent angst, some dodgy so called friends and a bit of romance, what a great mix! I particularly liked the description of the party. The cricket matches were very well observed.
5 November 2014
Although Kevin Brooke' s novel is aimed at young people of around twelve to sixteen years of age, and I confess I am a year or two older, I started reading it in bed and did not stop until I finished it in the early hours. Why? Well it has everything you hope for in a good read. The story moves along at a pace, the characters are believable, there is conflict, danger and the awakening of teenage love. Jimmy, the main character, has to go and live with his nan after both parents die suddenly. He is angry and hates everything about his new life, so rebels by wholeheartedly joining in with the 'wrong crowd'. Then Nan begs for him to be given one last chance with a bereavement group with a difference. Does he blow it? Well you need to read the book to find out. With Christmas coming up, I would recommend 'Jimmy Cricket' as a suitable gift for both young teen boys and girls.
24 November 2015
An extremely well written book. Moved along at a pace which kept me interested from start to finish despite the fact I'm certainly a lot older than the target audience. We have Christmas 2015 on the horizon and I recommend 'Jimmy Cricket' to be a great present for young teens. Indeed, my 13 year old also read Kevin's book and said it's a gripping and interesting story.
29 January 2015
Kevin Brooke is a fantastic writer. He is one to watch. This story handles some very adult topic with grace, in such an easy to relate to manner. You can't put the book down, and when you have finished reading you are left pining for the characters for which you have become so deeply invested.