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Aidan has it all – a happy home in leafy suburbia, designer gadgets, and the gorgeous Emily hanging on his every word. So a trip up North with Mum to visit his dying grandfather is hardly top of his agenda. But there’s something about Aidan’s background that he needs to know… He’s shattered to discover that his real father is a gangland drug dealer, recently released from prison and out to regain his turf. He’s confused to find he’s falling in love with the intriguing Jade, already pregnant by one of the bad lads on the estate. He’s humbled by his grandparents – how little they have, but how much wisdom and love they offer. Surrounded by drugs and crime, Aidan is about to learn some tough lessons about life – and about trust, friendship, loyalty and survival. In a sensational thriller that will send your blood pressure soaring, Alan Gibbons describes the summer of a boy who must grow up super-fast, in one huge leap of faith.
“A violent, hectic and highly readable thriller.” School Librarian
“Gibbons delivers with perfection, weaving an eventful tale with his distinctive, straight-to-the-point style.” The Teacher
May 5th, 2005
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AR book level: 3.9; Upper years; 7.0 points
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