Skarrs

Skarrs

by Catherine Forde (Author)

Synopsis

. Danny-Boy shaves his head for Grampa Dan's funeral and the barber tells him he looks like a prisoner of war. Danny-Boy doesn't care - he's on a downward spiral. Drinking, cutting school, obsessed with the sick, violent lyrics of Skarrs. Lyrics based on the real-life nightmare that broke Grampa Dan. When Danny finds out the truth about Grampa Dan he has one last chance to put things right. Catherine Forde - author of Sugarcoated, Fat Boy Swim and Firestarter has created a brilliant story of anguish and anger. A gripping, emotive and insightful book for young adults. Praise for Catherine Forde: On Skarrs the Guardian said: 'A novel that is both troubling and inspirational.' Publishing News said: 'A heady mix of broken-glass emotions ...and page-turning storytelling.' On Tug of War the Independent said: 'Another gripping story.' Books for Keeps said: 'A raw and perceptive story.' Sunday Telegraph said 'Delicious'. On Firestarter the Bookseller said: 'A gripping and edgy thriller that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat.' On Fat Boy Swim, The Times said: 'Powerful, empowering ...crackles with teenage anger and pain.' The Sunday Telegraph said: 'should be force-fed to every secondary school child in the country'.

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More Information

Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd
Published: 07 Apr 2008

ISBN 10: 1405239646
ISBN 13: 9781405239646
Children’s book age: 9-11 Years

Media Reviews
* On Skarrs the Guardian said: 'A novel that is both troubling and inspirational'; Publishing News said: 'A heady mix of broken-glass emotions, tough, edgy dialogue and page-turning storytelling.' * On Tug of War the Independent said: 'Another gripping story... from an author who never disappoints'; Books for Keeps said: 'A raw and perceptive story'; Sunday Telegraph said 'Delicious'. * On Firestarter the Bookseller said: 'A gripping and edgy thriller that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat.' * On The Drowning Pond the Guardian said: 'Bitingly plausible... a gripping page- turner'; the Glasgow Herald said: 'Expertly crafted... characters full of bite.' * On Fat Boy Swim, The Times said: 'Powerful, empowering... crackles with teenage anger and pain'; The Sunday Telegraph said: (this book) 'should be force-fed to every secondary school child in the country'.
Author Bio
Catherine Forde was discovered on the slush pile. Before turning to writing full time, she worked as a lexicographer for Collins and taught in secondary schools. She lives in Glasgow with her husband and two sons. All her books have received wide acclaim and Fat Boy Swim won the Grampian Children's Book Award and was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Award and Booktrust Teenage Prize; The Drowning Pond was nominated for the Scottish Book Award and shortlisted for the Manchester Book Award; and Skarrs was longlisted for the Carnegie. Catherine's new thriller Sugarcoated is published in April 2008.