Bang Bang You're Dead
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Bang Bang You're Dead

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When a mysterious gunman takes a class hostage, the rest of Mia's school is evacuated. But Mia is determined to stay behind. She knows it's a life or death situation but there's something she fears more than dying. Mia thinks she might know who the gunman is, and, if she's right, then she may be the only one who can save her schoolmates...show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 129.54 x 193.04 x 17.78mm | 181.44g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 055256043X
  • 9780552560436
  • 397,125

About Narinder Dhami

Narinder was born and brought up in Wolverhampton, with two younger sisters. She went to Birmingham University and worked for about ten years as a teacher. Always nurturing a talent for writing, she finally turned her attention to it full-time after winning several short story prizes. Her very first book was accepted by a publisher and she hasn't looked back since. She lives with her husband and their five cats in Cambridge.show more

Review quote

"From the arresting title to the final chapter, Dhami propels the reader into a world of uncertainty and intrigue, as she dares to imagine the unthinkable . . . With a final twist in the tale, this psychological thriller sensitively explores issues that surround mental health while delivering a page-turning read" * Waterstone's Books Quarterly * "The author builds the tension superbly and the reader feels as if they are inching their way along the school corridor towards classroom 9D and the gunman . . . The ending is completely unexpected and rather a shock" * Inis * "Dhami produces an electrifying twist that leaves the reader reeling. Brilliant" * Carousel * "Easy to read and continually gripping, this is a fine contribution from an already prolific author" * Books For Keeps * "Edge-of-the-seat drama with an ingenious twist" * Writing Magazine *show more

Back cover copy

It seems like just another day at school - then Mia's world turns upside down. School is being evacuated. Rumour has it there's a gunman in the building. And Mia has a horrible feeling she knows who it is... Her brother has been acting strangely. He's been threatening to do something drastic, something frightening, something that cannot be ignored...but just how far will he go? Mia is determined to find out, but playing cat and mouse with a potential killer is a very dangerous game...show more

Review Text

"From the arresting title to the final chapter, Dhami propels the reader into a world of uncertainty and intrigue, as she dares to imagine the unthinkable . . . With a final twist in the tale, this psychological thriller sensitively explores issues that surround mental health while delivering a page-turning read"show more

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308 ratings
3.64 out of 5 stars
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2 13% (39)
1 3% (10)

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Mia and her twin brother have had a hard life growing up. Their sick mom only got better when their grandfather showed up and made her, but when he passes away, it gets bad again. Mia is meek and silent, trying to appease everyone without really doing anything. Jamie, on the other hand, is growing more and more angry and wants his mom to sit up and take notice. He's mad that Mia doesn't understand and wants to show her that she can't always rely on him...after all, what if one day he isn't there anymore? That's why when news hits that a gunman is in the school, Mia doesn't leave like the rest of her class. She starts to wondering: is that what Jamie was planning? Is this his way to show their mom that she needs to get better? I love to read books that deal with school shootings because they are all different in how they approach the topic. This is the main reason why I wanted to read BANG, BANG, YOU'RE DEAD! The book is told in a back-and-forth pattern for most of the novel, with the present chapters showing Mia going through the school looking for the shooter who may or may not be her brother, Jamie. As for the other chapters, they are Mia's recollections of times that Jamie showed his anger and destructive behavior...which, all added up, give a lot of support to the idea that it really might be Jamie with the gun. I really enjoyed the chapters that showed the past, because it allowed us a look into the things we weren't privy to when first starting the book. It gives us all an idea of who Mia and Jamie are and why they would want to cause a scene. It all basically leads to their mother, who is mentally ill but won't get the help she needs. Instead, she sways between depressing can't-get-out-of-bed days and manic let's-shop-for-things-we-can't-afford days. This is a really fast book and I definitely enjoyed reading it. I should warn that some of the present chapters get a bit tedious, as you really just want Mia to figure out who the shooter is and what's happening or will happen after this. Once the moment arrives, though, it's all worth it. Believe me, this is one book that is sure to be a hit with a lot of people because it's not easy to figure out. You think you know what's going on, but in the end, do you really understand?show more
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