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Kerry, Loreto College


When Nicky and his brother Kenny who suffer from learning difficulties found a rook being attacked by a sparrow hawk, Kenny wants to take it home and look after it until it gets better. He thinks lots of love and care will treat the bird's needs and it will get better, Nicky disagrees. Nicky's mind set isn't on saving the rook, he has plenty of other things to worry about, such as : avoiding the school bully whilst attempting to talk to the girl he has liked for a while ( Sarah) who is Stanno's brother ( the bully!).Their mother has died, and their dad is dating a woman called Jenny who luckily is pleasant. How will Nicky cope with so much on his plate?
After reading this book, I know that I am a huge fan of Anthony McGowan. His ability to represent the inner lives of young people is great. And he made me laugh a lot. In fact I still snigger every time I remember Stanno falling to the ground and Nicky thinking it was him, because clearly it wasn't his fault.
He thought he was bulky and strong, but he was quite the opposite.
There is absolutely nothing about this book I dislike apart from being too short, in fact I have heard this book is in a series. I now what I am buying next time I go to Water- stones!
This book deserves 5 out of 5 stars and is my favourite book in the Carnegie book challenge yet !

Posted on: 18th April 2018 at 03:25 pm

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