Posts Tagged ‘Revenge’

Long way down

By Jason Reynolds

Illustrated by Chris Priestley

ISBN 9780571335114

Those who follow this blog probably know how much I love verse novels. I love everything about them, especailly the language and how it can pack a punch.  Long way down  knocked me sideways. William Holloman’s brother has just been murdered. He wishes he had laughed more at his brother’s dumb jokes because he won’t ever get the chance again. His brother is dead. Tragedy seeps through every page of this book. The language is real and gritty. It is powerful, beautiful and haunting.

After his brother’s death Will knows one thing for sure. He must follow the rules.

  1. Don’t cry
  2. Don’t snitch
  3.  Get revenge

It is raw and dark and I will think about Will for a long, long time. After reading this book I had to just sit awhile and reflect on the lives of the characters. The reality is that there are many William Hollomans in this world and we need to change this. How? I don’t know the answer but something has to change for people like William. They get caught up in the world of poverty, gangs, hardship and anger. This book takes us in to Will’s world, and his thoughts. It is a dark and scary world and as tough as he is trying to be, we see his vulnerability. We hear his thoughts and we find ourselves caring for him in a way only good writing can make us. An amazing insight into the sad and desparate life of a young man looking for revenge. Loved it so much. Need to read again.

Listen to the first few pages being read by the author. 

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Undone
by Cat Clarke

Jem Halliday has always been in love with her best friend Kai despite the fact that he is gay. It is their secret. It is not the way she wants things but she copes and remains his best friend. However, someone outs Kai online and he is so distraught he kills himself. Jem knows nothing will bring him back but she sets out to find out who is responsible. Jem wants revenge and payback for the loss of her best friend. But perhaps Kai had other secrets! Love, revenge and betrayal! What a mix! I do so want to read this.

Shadows on the moon

Posted: November 15, 2011 in Secondary
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Shadows on the moon
By Zoe Marriott

Suzume is a shadow weaver. She is able to recreate herself in any form. But just who is the real Suzume?
A tale of magic, love and revenge.
Walker Books

Revenge

Posted: October 2, 2011 in Secondary
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Iboy
By Kevin Brooks

Tom has parts of a shattered iphone imbeded in his brain after a vicious attack. It gives him powers and he is out to seek revenge.

And another book with revenge flowing through its pages.
You against me
By Jenny Downham

“If someone hurts your sister and you’re any kind of man, you seek revenge, right?
If your brother’s accused of a terrible crime but says he didn’t do it, you defend him, don’t you?”
Kids at Random