Black Tattoo

Black Tattoo

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Jack doesn't know what he's got himself into. One minute he and his best friend Charlie were up in Chinatown having crispy duck with Charlie's dad (and Jack was having to listen to Charlie shouting at his dad for leaving his mum) - then next minute they were in a mysterious room above a theatre, with some of the strangest characters they'd ever encountered. And they were about to take The Test...and something very very weird was about to begin. The Test transforms Charlie - leaving him with the distinctive markings of the Black Tattoo - and with a temper that seems out of control. The boys' meeting with Esme, a young girl with the most impressive martial arts skills this side of Bruce Lee, her huge and hairy father Raymond, and the mysterious Nick seem to have swept Charlie and Jack into a world they had no idea existed. And it's only going to get stranger...This epic tale of good and evil, demons and hell, vomiting bats and huge battles marks the debut of an incredible new talent for children's books. Drawing on influences such as comic books, computer games and Eastern martial arts, "The Black Tattoo" is a book no self-respecting teenage boy will want to more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 129 x 199 x 32mm | 358g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552553581
  • 9780552553582
  • 608,778

Review quote

"The stuff of teenage dreams, here executed with pace and panache" -- Kate Agnew Guardian "This densely written novel is fast-paced with excellent, detailed descriptions of battle scenes that literally take the reader's breath away. It kept me spellbound on the edge of my seat" -- Davy Hall Carousel "He's clearly loving telling this story - there are some pleasing twists - and his energy creeps into the words on every page" -- Philip Ardagh Guardian "Imagine a literary world where Philip Pullman meets Darren Shan and you have some of the flavour of this ambitious novel" Books for Keeps "An exhilarating cross between The Matrix and Hellboy, this is an impressive debut. Battles with powerful magic, demonic possession and vomiting bats combine to produce and action-packed and entertaining adventure" -- Becky Stradwick Publishing Newsshow more

About Sam Enthoven

For the last ten years Sam Enthoven has been working as a part-time bookseller, living largely on a diet of instant noodles and parsnips while honing his skills as a writer of thrillers for young people. He is passionately - possibly 'certifiably' - committed to the ideal of books that make kids want to read; if you like The Black Tattoo, you should see what he writes now he can afford something decent to eat once in a more

Review Text

"Imagine a literary world where Philip Pullman meets Darren Shan and you have some of the flavour of this ambitious novel"show more

Back cover copy

The creature had reared up in its true form, a frozen man-sized explosion of pink custard-like stuff. It wobbled and shook. Big bubbles formed and popped on its skin, belching out words. 'Fresh meat!' it burped. 'Fresh meat! Fresh meat!' 'Whatever,' said Jack - and sighed. Yep, he thought. Gang up on the new guy. In some ways, when it came down to it, Hell was really pretty predictable... 'Sam Enthoven's clearly loving telling this story and his energy creeps into the words on every page.' Philip Ardagh, Guardian 'Imagine a literary world where Philip Pullman meets Darren Shan' Books for Keeps 'I think Sam could be the next Anthony Horowitz.' Charlie, 11 'Vomiting bats? I'm sold.' Neil Gaiman* * Neil Gaiman has specifically asked us to point out that he has not actually read The Black Tattoo yet. Cover illustration © John Jude Palencar, 2006show more

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2,518 ratings
3.48 out of 5 stars
5 23% (575)
4 29% (727)
3 28% (704)
2 15% (367)
1 6% (145)
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