Inventing Elliot
26%
off

Inventing Elliot

By (author)

US$8.13US$11.06

You save US$2.93

Free delivery worldwide

Available
Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days

When will my order arrive?

Description

After 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.

show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 16mm | 199.58g
  • Hachette Children's Group
  • Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1842552082
  • 9781842552087
  • 148,245

Review quote

Powerfully written ... don't expect to be able to put Inventing Elliot down Time Out Chilling, powerfully written and occasionally disturbing Irish Times An extraordinary novel ... powerful and intense Birmingham Post Taut with menace from the very first page The Daily Telegraph Taut and compelling Financial Times A compulsively readable story Time Out Astonishingly good Bristol Evening Post A powerful first novel full of psychological realism The Bookseller Marks the arrival of an important new talent ... the journey the story takes always surprises and sometimes shocks with its intensity The Bookseller Elliot's dilemma makes riveting reading The Children's Bookseller A highly intelligent book Ireland on Sunday Best first novel of the year, without a doubt The Scotsman A stunning debut novel ... deeply satisfying and absorbing Children's Books, Ireland Magazine Intensely written and utterly gripping The Tablet

show more

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)

show more

About Graham Gardner

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.

show more