Brock by Anthony McGowan

Nicky’s mum has left home and he lives with his unemployed dad and his brother, Kenny. Kenny is lovely and loving but he is too trusting and needs looking after like a young child. It’s hard on Nicky and things only get harder when Kenny’s innocence gets them involved in the destruction of a badger sett…

The author has created a range of characters who are believable – in fact many are probably recognisable from our own lives. The chapters are relatively short, making it an ideal book for readers who do not have a long attention span or who struggle with reading. However the sparseness and the simplicity of the writing do not detract from what is a good, although at times bleak, story.


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