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    DescriptionAfter being bullied mercilessly, Elliot is determined to reinvent himself when he moves house with Mum and Dad and goes to a new school. He is going to be so cool that no one will touch him. He's going to stand out just enough not to get noticed. But he is too successful, and he does get noticed by the Guardians. They are a mysterious group of three who manipulate others and run the school with a reign of terror. They invite Elliot to become one of them. He faces an agonising decision, whether to use this new found power or risk standing up for himself and facing the consequences.

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    Inventing Elliot
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Graham Gardner
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 192 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 200 g
    ISBN 13: 9781842552087
    ISBN 10: 1842552082

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: Y2.1
    BIC E4L: PER
    BIC subject category V2: YFB
    BIC reading level and special interest qualifier V2: 5AN
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 22500
    BIC E4L: NF11+
    BIC children’s book marketing category: E3N79
    DC22: 823.92
    Libri: ENGM3000, ENGL2030, KIND1415, ENGL3095
    BIC subject category V2: YXT
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: YFB, YXT
    BIC E4L: NT, YPE
    Thema interest age/special interest qualifier V1.0: 5AN
    Orion Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
    Publication date
    04 March 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Graham Gardner is the second of ten children. He has worked as a bookseller, waiter, civil servant and is now an academic researcher in the Institute of Geography at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, specialising in monitoring and analysing long term trends in the UK countryside. He is also a keen musician, playing rock and classical piano.
    Review quote
    "Graham's Gardner's first novel...is tight and assured, and marks the arrival of an important new talent. The theme is not new, but the journey the story takes always surprises and sometimes shocks with its intensity." -- Wendy Cooling The Bookseller, 20 December 2002 "Once you start, you will not be able to put this gripping and gritty read down!" The Sunday Times, 2 March 2003 "...a moving and subtle story...beautifully but unflashily [written]" -- Adele Geras The Guardian, 15 March 2003 "...fresh and compelling" -- Lindsey Fraser The Guardian Education, 18 March 2003 "It's no mean feat to invoke reader' sympathy, fear, curiosity and fury simultaneously but Gardner achieves just that in a compulsively readable story with huge appeal" Time Out, 19-26 March 2003 "...a first novel which grips from the start...brings to mind Cormier's The Chocolate War...makes riveting reading" Children's Bookseller, 21 March 2003 "A taut and compelling novel" Financial Times, April 2003 "The vocabulary and writing style are fresh, fluent and well tailored to the target audience...Elliot's thoughts are presented with such vivid candour as to grip the reader from page one" -- Elliot Ross, Age 16 The Herald, 5 April 2003 "...taut with menace from the very first page...powerfully plotted, compactly written" -- Dinah Hall Sunday Telegraph, 20 April 2003 "Gardner has produced an extraordinary novel, one which is powerful and intense...You feel every moment of Elliot's agonies and anguish thanks to the powerful use of language and imagery and the sheer intensity of the plot. I couldn't put this book down...Each twist and turn, each revelation, brings a surprise. It is a real gem." Birmingham Post, 3 May 2003 "...creepy but compelling...Gardner is a talented writer; Inventing Elliot is a troubling, raw book" Times Educational Supplement, 16 May 2003 "Gardner's compelling novel convincingly creates a world in which intimidation is both normalised and internalised...There will surely be much to look forward to from Gardner." -- Rosemary Stones Books for Keeps "This is a highly intelligent book about being bullied, written by someone who clearly understands, and can accurately describe, every nuance of fear." Mail on Sunday, 20 July 2003 "This debut novel aimed at teenagers is overtly moral, intensely written and utterly gripping." The Tablet, 26 July 2003 "This is a stunning debut novel from Graham Gardner, written with an easy, taut, spare style in which there is neither a superfluous word nor a break of steady pace. Solid plotting, with robust insight into the motivations and emotions of his characters, keeps the pages turning...This book is deeply satisfying and absorbing...Not to be missed." Inis: Children's Books Ireland, Autumn 2003 "the best first novel of the year" Achuka "Tightly told, Gardner's debut novel is convincing and engrossing." Booktrusted News (Booktrust), Issue 6
    Review text
    Gardner serves up a suspenseful tale of a bullying victim who manages a transformation, not into safety, but into the kingdom of the bullies. At his last school Elliot was continuously threatened and beaten, and headed now into a new school, decides to do whatever he can to escape. His fear is palpable from the initial scene where he's beaten up and continues as he watches fellow victims in the new school succumb to the dominant group, the Guardians, as well as to other bullies-teachers and students. At home, Elliot's father is locked into an incapacitating depression, and his mother struggles with two menial jobs to support them. At school, Elliot's fear guides him throughout each day, until he makes all the correct moves to be invited to join the organized and hidden power mongers called the Guardians. Elliot's character changes as the story develops, giving readers the needed clues, amid nail-biting suspense, to the culminating event in the final chapter. References throughout to Orwell's 1984 add depth and keep readers thinking of the principles at stake when those with power abuse it. (Fiction. YA) (Kirkus Reviews)