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Furious thing

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781788451260

Publication Date: 4 Feb 2021

Subject: Older teen novels

Suitable for: Secondary (Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11)

AR: 4.4 UY

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A fifteen year old girl reacts to her stepfather's controlling behaviour by getting herself into trouble.

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Summary

A fifteen year old girl reacts to her stepfather's controlling behaviour by getting herself into trouble.

Lexi's angry. And it's getting worse. If only she could stop losing her temper and behave herself, her step-father would accept her, her mum would love her like she used to and her step-brother would declare his crushing desire to spend the rest of his life with her. She wants these things so badly she determines to swallow her anger and make her family proud.

But pushing fury down doesn't make it disappear. Instead, it simmers below the surface waiting to erupt. There'll be fireworks when it does.

NOTE: Contains strong language, underage drinking and coercive control.

NOTE : Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2019
NOTE : Empathy Lab 2020 - Secondary List
NOTE : YA Book Prize Shortlist 2020
NOTE: Carnegie Medal Longlist 2021

Book of the week

In the wrong hands, this could have so easily have become just another 'issues book' (dealing as it does with themes of coercive control), but such is Downham's skill of characterisation that Lexi's situation is revealed gradually to the reader as Lexi herself becomes aware of it and this makes it read like a coming of age story more than anything else. Yes, it's an uncomfortable read, at times, but it's nevertheless always compelling. A powerful and challenging book.

Awards
  • Shortlisted - YA Book Prize 2020
  • Shortlisted - Costa Childen's Book Award 2020
  • Longlisted - UKLA Book Awards (Ages 11–14+) 2021
  • Longlisted - Carnegie Medal 2021
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Contains strong language, underage drinking and coercive control.

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Older teen novels
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4 Feb 2021
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New in Paperback
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9781788451260
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Paperback
Pages
384
Width
129mm
Height
198mm
Weight
330g
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