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Brock (Brock)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Nicky's got a tough life. His mum's gone, his dad's on bail and his brother Kenny needs looking after. It's still dark out when Kenny drags Nicky from his bed, making him a witness to the senseless killing of an innocent animal.

The two brothers manage to save something from the horror and it changes them in ways they never expected.
Paperback, Dyslexia Friendly, 72 pages
Published June 15th 2013 by Barrington Stoke
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Leilah Skelton
Anthony McGowan has boiled down this incredible book to just 129 pages. ‘Brock’ is a masterclass of storytelling. Without a wasted phrase, this book packs in fear, empathy, peer intimidation, consequences, responsibilities, and so much more.

Unflinching and honest, there is darkness in this story, yes, but it has a baseline that feels very authentic of childhood emotions. It has resonance and truth. There’s a brighter counterbalance brought in by brotherliness, tenderness and, ultimately, hope.
Katy Noyes
Tense, sweet and brief. It reminded me of one of Roald Dahl's short stories for older children, 'The Swan' (from 'Henry Sugar') when a boy is bullied into wearing a swan's wings. It's the same realistic, everyday story that could affect a young person, with well-drawn characters and meaning bullies.

Our well-drawn heroes here are Nicky and Kenny. Teenage Nicky is drawn by his 'simple' (his words) younger brother into a meeting with local bullies, out with their dogs to bait badgers. Kenny soon se
Beth Kemp
Fantastic, powerful story. It is no small feat to offer a complex and engaging story with emotional depth in a short text accessible to all readers, including those with dyslexia, but this novel really delivers. Violent and realistic but never entirely lacking in hope, this is a brilliant read that I absolutely recommend.
At times horrifying, at others emotional ... this is the story of Nicky and his brother, Kenny, and how they get pulled into the local bullies scheme to dig out some badgers in the woods. The results are appalling but have consequences that neither of them could have planned for. A short book with a big impact but probably not for animal lovers!
Louise (A Strong Belief in Wicker)
An extraordinary book about so many things. Badgers yes, and badger baiting (who knew that was a thing?), but also about brothers, families, bullies, the modern world. Anthony McGown packed so much into this slim little book. It's a treasure.

Zoe Blinko
This book was picked up in the spur of a moment in my Sixth Form library to pass the time. The language is extremely colloquial which for the most part, I am not particularly fond of, but the story is enough to grasp you to the end in a desire to see the conclusion. If the story was longer than the 127 odd pages it already is, then I probably would not be giving this three stars.

In a nutshell, the story follows two brothers who, after an unfortunate turn of events with three vile children and t
Apr 09, 2015 Pat rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Gabriel Clarke
A short, moving book that packed a lot of feeling and thoughtfulness into a few pages. It didn't flinch from some horrid human-on-animal violence and its consequences but finished with message offering a little hope.
Petra Be
Very nice story (albeit a bit upsetting at the beginning) and suitable for reluctant readers as the language is rather simple. Still the story is very touching and engaging.
Sep 14, 2015 TMJ added it
Strong storyline. Evocative writing.
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