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Orangeboy: Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize for Older Children, winner of the YA Book Prize

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My English teacher made everyone go to library and choose a book and this book was on display. Two emotions I had Honestly I’d be quite happy do go and push this book at so many people with the above (and I’m still mad at myself for taking so long to read Orangeboy). Especially because I adore the two main female characters in this book so much, Tish and Marlon’s mother. At times I could have just shaken Marlon for not realising what these women were doing but that leads to spoilers and I most certainly don’t want to spoil anything about this book for anyone.

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Blurb says: Not cool enough, not clever enough, not street enough for anyone to notice me. I was the kid people looked straight through. One of the best way to engage teenagers with books is to give them stories that can't put down, and what genre is more gripping then crime?Patrice Lawrence was awarded an MBE for Services to Literature in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2021. But when a mysterious tragedy strikes, Marlon is determined to reveal the chain that links him to the criminal underworld. He starts getting the wrong sort of attention, as investigations tangle him into a web of gangs. The emotional ride: edge-of-your-seat stuff. It’s easy to feel for Marlon from the beginning. I think having the first scene be what is so clearly a first date makes him so vulnerable that we readers easily identify with him and see what a fish out of water he is when everything starts getting serious.

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stars. I don't know how to evaluate this book fairly. It had its strong points, and it covers subject matter which is probably of interest to many teens, but I didn't enjoy reading it at all. I had to drag myself through it, and even the suspenseful elements didn't drive me through the plot. Also, it felt overlong - and the narrative jumped and 'jived' (lots of street lingo) in a way that meant I couldn't just skim it. Having said all that: it was the YA Book Prize winner for 2017, and I respect that I was probably just not the right reader for this book.

Advance Praise

Laat ik beginnen met aangeven dat dit boek me al vanaf het begin niet bijzonder aansprak. Ik zou dit boek zelf nooit gekocht hebben in de boekwinkel. Dat komt met name omdat ik YA contemporaries in veel gevallen tegen vind vallen. Maar dat komt ook omdat ik merk dat de bendecultuur echt heel goed en invoelbaar geschreven moet zijn om voor mij herkenbaar te worden. Ik heb, en wellicht is dat een tekortkoming, moeite me daarmee te verbinden. 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? A young man has an impossible choice to make, in this powerful coming of age urban thriller. The action is uncompromising and powerful, yet punctuated by moments of extraordinary tenderness and it will challenge preconceptions and melt the hardest heart.

Orangeboy | Patrice Lawrence | 9781444927207 | NetGalley Orangeboy | Patrice Lawrence | 9781444927207 | NetGalley

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. Fruits: Pomegrenade and Raptor Bane. (NOTE: The Mutated Pomegrenade and the Mutated Raptor Bane are also Pet Food type 3 but are deemed risky and unreliable as the Mutated Pomegrenade explodes on impact when dropped and the Mutated Raptor Bane splatters on impact when dropped)

From the award-winning author of Orangeboy and Indigo Donut, a new short story written especially for World Book Day 2019. When Soraya's younger brother Farhad…

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