Orangeboy

Patrice Lawrence

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Hodder Children's Books

9781444927207
448
Synopsis

WINNER OF THE WATERSTONES CHILDREN'S BOOK PRIZE FOR OLDER READERS, SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD AND THE YA BOOK PRIZE

"A truly brilliant book." Malorie Blackman

"Incredible book. Thank you Patrice Lawrence for such a fresh and riveting piece of fiction." Ben Bailey Smith (Doc Brown)

"What a book! Such a gripping, gritty storyline, with such wonderful, believable characters. Loved it." Tanya Landman, author of Buffalo Soldier

Not cool enough, not clever enough, not street enough for anyone to notice me. I was the kid people looked straight through.

NOT ANY MORE. NOT SINCE MR ORANGE.

Sixteen-year-old Marlon has made his mum a promise - he'll never follow his big brother, Andre, down the wrong path. So far, it's been easy, but when a date ends in tragedy, Marlon finds himself hunted. They're after the mysterious Mr Orange, and they're going to use Marlon to get to him. Marlon's out of choices - can he become the person he never wanted to be, to protect everyone he loves?

In the media
Promoted as a gritty coming-of-age drama urban thriller with a powerful message and an irresistable central character

The Voice

A contemporary urban thriller with a powerful family drama at its heart

The Bookseller

I liked the lack of judgement the author made and the fact this is ultimately an action packed story with a strong male protagonist

Bibliomaniac

Keeps the reader enthralled and wanting more

Nudge.com