7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Link's narration is great; Shelter turns kids off.,
This review is from: Stone Cold (Puffin Teenage Fiction) (Mass Market Paperback)
Stone Cold does not set out to shock. Children of 11-13, who the book is aimed at, will have seen far more gruesome and realistic depictions of homeless people on TV, You Tube or wherever than in this toned down book. But this book certainly works in the classroom. The swear words on the first few pages help. Kids are shocked to hear their teacher swearing as he reads the opening descriptions of Vince, Link's 'bastard' of a step father.
The opening section of the book descibing the failures and pressures that led Link to London are certainly the most powerful. His mum buying her homeless son a sleeping bag, especially poignant. Many classes have got a bit fidgety during Shelter's narrative. In this dual narrated novella, Shelter's army psychobabble and indirect way of saying things certainly interferes and interrupts our empathetic response to Link's plight.
Tension at the end? A little rushed maybe. Like this review.