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The Boy in the Smoke by Maureen Johnson
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really liked it
bookshelves: 2014-series-challenge

I have the Shades of London series in my list for my Series challenge and I decided that I ought to start with the shorter book that is also the beginning.

This novella starts in a very prosaic way, with the story of Stephen, a boy of a wealthy family that is ignored by his parents. He wants to be a policeman and do something useful but since he's always been a good boy and do what he's supposed to, he ends up going to Eton and continue to be ignored by his parents.

There are some big issues dealt with here and all done in a very sensible way, nothing crass or cheap. Absent & cold parents, drug addictions, suicide attempts... it all weaves into the story to make Stephen the boy in the smoke. By the end is when we get an glimpse of what else might be there for this series, and this is quite a fantastic setting stone. Well deserved 4 stars.
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March 24, 2014 – Shelved
March 24, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
March 24, 2014 – Shelved as: 2014-series-challenge
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March 25, 2014 – Finished Reading

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