Smart: A Mysterious Crime, a Different Detective (Paperback)Kim Slater (author)
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Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, the Federation of Children's Book Groups Prize and longlisted for the 2015 Carnegie Medal, Kim Slater's outstanding debut, Smart, is moving and compelling novel with a loveable character at its heart.
'I found Jean's friend dead in the river. His name was Colin Kirk. He was a homeless man, but he still wanted to live.'
There's been a murder, but the police don't care. It was only a homeless old man after all.
Kieran cares. He's made a promise, and when you say something out loud, that means you're going to do it, for real. He's going to find out what really happened. To Colin. And to his grandma, who just stopped coming round one day. It's a good job Kieran's a master of observation, and knows all the detective tricks of the trade.
But being a detective is difficult when you're Kieran Woods. When you're amazing at drawing but terrible at fitting in. And when there are dangerous secrets everywhere, not just outside, but under your own roof.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 170 g
Dimensions: 197 x 131 x 15 mm
Edition: Unabridged edition
He is a real modern day hero and well worth investing in. I couldn't recommend this book enough. -- Anne Hammond * ThirteenFourteen *
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“Great character & plot!”
A very Smart book. Young Kieran is a lovely complicated character lots of 10-14yr olds will enjoy discussing. I loved his train of thoughts and discriptions of Lowry & the way loneliness & bleakness... More
“An unusual whodunnit”
This is one of those books where you are immediately drawn into the story and into Kieran Wood’s mind. Kieran has difficulties fitting in and getting along with other people but he is brilliant at drawing and uses his... More
“A Fantastic novel”
Likes: The twists in the story were excellent and so was the surprising ending. Good structure, brilliant description of both the characters and settings - it made it exceedingly easy to visualize the details.... More
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