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Kill All Enemies

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By (author) Melvin Burgess

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 19mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141335645
  • ISBN 13: 9780141335643
  • Sales rank: 152,751

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Everyone says fourteen-year-old Billie is nothing but trouble. A fighter. A danger to her family and friends. But her care worker sees someone different. Her classmate Rob is big, strong; he can take care of himself and his brother. But his violent stepdad sees someone to humiliate. And Chris is struggling at school; he just doesn't want to be there. But his dad sees a useless no-hoper. Billie, Rob and Chris each have a story to tell. But there are two sides to every story, and the question is ...who do you believe?

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Author information

Melvin Burgess is regarded as one of the best writers in contemporary children's literature. In 1997, his controversial bestseller Junk won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal. It was also shortlisted for the 1998 Whitbread Children's Book of the Year. Four of his novels have been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Melvin lives in Hebden Bridge with his partner.

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By Maryam H 25 Oct 2011 3

I really liked this read because of the realistic characters. They are probably the most realistic characters I have come across in a book so far which is always a good thing. They weren't likeable all the time but they each had their own story that came together in the end in a way that makes you question the way society works sometimes.

It's a good author that can make you like and dislike a character at the same time. The characters did stupid things sometimes and yet I felt for them when they continued to be misunderstood.

It makes you realise that a person's actions are for a reason whether it be good or bad. I won't bore you with a rant about society from me because I'll get carried away, but, it really makes you think twice about judging someone based on their actions and your immediate response.

Having said that the book didn't sit well with me at times. I can't place it exactly but the jump between characters and events sort of frustrated me somehow. Maybe there could have been more details and such but sometimes the book was uncomfortable to read. For me anyways.

I do recommend this one though. It's the book that makes you think whilst reading it in order to understand what's going on fully. It's a good read.

By annmarie ager 09 Sep 2011 5

Kill all enemies by Melvin Burgess

3 kids that are going through a hellish life from being unwanted, unloved and just plain abused a mind blowing mix of highs and lows.

This book gripped my heart from the very beginning I don't normal get over emotional with the books I'm reading but as person that knows firsthand what an abused childhood life is like this book pulled at my heart. I felt for the kids in a way I have never felt for any characters in a book before.

These three kids all go though their own hell whether it is by the hands of other people's neglect or simply struggling at school or at home. The book is mixed with so much emotion and anger, kids that are scared to speak up and let others in. Kid's needing love and help but only getting dead ends and confusion. This story that really shows what some kids have to go though.

Billie, Rob and Chris are seen as trouble makers and out casts but really they are all just calling out for help.

The author has written something so real and heartfelt with so much emotion. The characters were so right they really spoke to the reader and each character called to you in a different way. It was all well written and you felt like the characters were in the room with you.

I cried so hard while reading this book all I wanted was for Billie, Rob and Chris to find that light at the end of the tunnel. There was more real life emotions in this book then I have ever read before, the book will get into your heart you will cry you will laugh but most of all you will understand life is sometimes too hard for children.

I give this book a massive 5 stars a brilliant book that you have to read.
My last thought: sometimes the monsters can be the ones we trust.

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A writer of the highest quality with exceptional powers of insight The Times (Of Junk) Brilliantly and sensitively written, it encompasses the raw, savage and ecstatic world of the adolescent mind ... a superbly crafted and important book The Guardian