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928 Miles from Home

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Fourteen year old Calum Brooks has big dreams. One day, he'll escape this boring life and write movies, proper ones, with massive budgets and A-list stars. For now though, he's stuck coping alone while his dad works away, writing scripts in his head and trying to stay 'in' with his gang of mates at school, who don't like new kids, especially foreign ones.

But when his father invites his new Polish girlfriend and her son, Sergei, to move in, Calum's life is turned upside down. He's actually sharing a room with 'the enemy'! How's he going to explain that to his mates? Yet when Calum is knocked down in a hit and run and breaks both legs, everything changes.

Trapped at home, Calum and Sergei slowly start to understand each other, and even work together to investigate a series of break-ins at the local community centre. But Calum can't help feeling like Sergei's hiding something. Is he really trying to help, or cover up his own involvement in the crime?

928 Miles from Home is a powerful new story from the multi-award-winning author of Smart and A Seven-Letter Word, Kim Slater.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 21mm | 247g
  • MACMILLAN CHILDREN'S BOOKS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main Market Ed
  • 150984225X
  • 9781509842254
  • 460,223

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Shortlisted for the The Little Rebels Children's Book Award, a prize for radical fiction aimed at children aged 0-12. The award is given by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers, who call it "a gripping novel which deftly navigates timely issues of class and prejudice." "Powerful and thought provoking . . . Kim Slater's message on diversity is loud and clear." --Reading Zone
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About Kim Slater

Kim Slater honed her storytelling skills as a child, writing macabre tales specially designed to scare her younger brother! Taking her literary inspiration from everyday life, Kim's debut novel, Smart, has won ten regional prizes and been shortlisted for over twenty regional and national awards, including the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the Federation of Children's Book Groups Prize. Smart was also longlisted for the 2015 Carnegie Medal. Kim lives in Nottingham with her husband and has one grown-up daughter.

928 Miles from Home is Kim's third novel for Macmillan Children's Books.
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Rating details

141 ratings
4.06 out of 5 stars
5 30% (43)
4 48% (68)
3 18% (26)
2 3% (4)
1 0% (0)
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