A rites of passage story about a 14-year-old boy growing up over one summer. Simon is beginning to sort out relationships with women, and when 16-year-old Leah decides to manipulate him for her own amusement, a powerful and dangerous mix begins to simmer. Set against a wild Cornish landscape and the evidence of a harsh and violent past, this is the story of a young man growing upand the girl who ultimately betrays him.
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Julia Green lives in Bath with her partner and two teenage sons. She lectures part-time in English and creative writing, leads writing workshops for adults and young people, and works as a home tutor for children who are not attending school. Her previous books for Puffin are BLUE MOON and BABY BLUE.From School Library Journal:
Grade 9 Up—Like many 14-year-old boys, Simon is fascinated by weapons and wilderness survival, but his fascination transcends the norm and his obsession with hunting fills the early pages of the novel with a powerful sense of foreboding. Virtually friendless, alienated from his mother and younger sister, Simon wanders his Cornish seaside town in a stew of anger and loneliness. Enter Leah, another troubled teen who moves in next door. Older than Simon and much more confident, she takes him on as a summer project. Over vacation, Simon's emotions escalate: he gets an air gun against his mother's wishes, he loses his virginity to an aggressive and drunk Leah, and his mother begins dating his art teacher, the one adult who has tried to reach out to Simon. When his mother gets Leah a job with Matt (on whom Leah has a powerful crush), Simon's pent-up anger and potential for violence are tested. A rather flat and incongruously happy ending reduce some of the power of the book, but the compelling characters and story will keep readers interested.—Douglas P. Davey, Halton Hills Public Library, Ontario, Canada
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Book Description Puffin Books, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 141317655
Book Description Puffin Books, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0141317655