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A Crongton Story: Crongton Knights: Book 2 - Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize

Alex Wheatle

8 Reviews

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Interest age: from c 12 years, Fiction, Children's Fiction, Family & home stories (Children's / Teenage), Personal & social issues: bullying, violence & abu, Personal & social issues: sexuality & relationship

WELCOME TO CRONGTON, WHERE YOUR LOYALTY AND WITS WILL BE TESTED ... Enter for angst, fierce friendships and edge-of-your-seat drama.

Winner of the Guardian Children Fiction's Prize 2016
Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2017

WELCOME TO CRONGTON, WHERE YOUR LOYALTY AND WITS WILL BE TESTED ...

Living on the South Crongton council estate has its worries - and life for McKay has been even tougher since his mum died.

His dad has been working all hours to keep the bailiffs from their door.

His brother is always out riding the streets at night, tempting trouble.

And now, having strayed off his turf on a 'heroic' (if misguided) mission to help out a girl, McKay finds himself facing a friend's crazy ex-boyfriend, some power-tripping hood-rats and a notoriously violent gangster with a vendetta which hits too close to home.

Poor McKay. He never asked for trouble . . . But during one madcap night of adventure and danger, he will find out who his true friends are, what it means to stick with your family and that, sometimes, the lessons learned the hard way are the ones you'll never forget.

'... powerful writing by an author with great talent and great heart.' David Almond

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Praise for A Crongton Story: Crongton Knights: Book 2 - Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize

  • A gripping tale of family and friends, love and loyalty

  • Wise as well as witty, understanding rather than blinkered, this novel is a joy to read

  • My book of the year . . . A gritty delight

  • [This] will soon be on school reading lists and examination syllabuses everywhere, as it has "classic" singing from every page ... A joyous shout of youthful exuberance ... Wheatle's Twain-like command of patois never falters ... Enriching and life-affirming ... A total gem for any age. - Independent

  • I love this book. It's elegant, authentic and humane. It hums with the beat of real life and the language sings from the page. This is mature, powerful writing by an author with great talent and great heart. - David Almond, Guardian Children's Fiction Prize judge

  • Brilliant, tough, heartbreaking read. - Tanya Landman, author of Buffalo Soldier, Carnegie medal winner

  • A fast-paced, funny ride. - Metro

  • Hopeful, warm and, above all, funny - Guardian, Picks of the Year 2016

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Alex Wheatle

Alex Wheatle is the bestselling author of several books including the modern classic Brixton Rock, and the multi-award winning Crongton series. He was awarded an MBE for his services to literature in 2008, has been twice nominated for the Carnegie Medal, and has won numerous awards including the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.

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