Breaktime & Dance on My Grave

Breaktime & Dance on My Grave

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In "Breaktime", Ditto challenges Morgan to prove that literature is crap and triggers off a chain of events to alter his outlook of life forever. Ditto faces a series of charges from Morgan against literature: that all fiction is Done. Finished. Dead; a sham and a pretence. He undertakes faithfully to record a life in the week of Ditto - with all the chaos of reality thrown in - and his literary creation reveals more about himself than he originally bargained for. In "Dance on My Grave", life in his seaside town is uneventful for Hal Robinson, nothing unusual, exciting or odd ever happens to him - until now that is. Until the summer of his 16th birthday, when he reaches a crossroads of choices in life. He foolishly takes a friend's boat for a day's sailing, gets into difficulty and is rescued by Barry Gorman. Their ensuing relationship results in a tumultous summer for Hal as he experiences the intense emotions of his first teenage love.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 118 x 198 x 26mm | 276g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Definitions
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 186230288X
  • 9781862302884
  • 258,445

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"Clever and imaginative, wide and spacious" Evening Standard "An immensely rich piece of work ... Entertaining, stimulating and thought-provoking" School Library Journalshow more

About Aidan Chambers

Aidan Chambers lives in Gloucestershire with his American wife Nancy. He has received international acclaim for his provocative and challenging novels for teenagers and young adults. Among many prizes, he has won the Carnegie Medal and the American Printz Award for Postcards from No Man's Land and the Hans Christian Medal for the body of his work. His books are translated into many languages and he travels extensively on speaking engagements. He is a playwright and an anthologist and also writes stories for younger children. In 1982 Aidan and Nancy were given the prestigious Eleanor Farjeon Award for their work on behalf of children's books.show more

Review Text

"Clever and imaginative, wide and spacious"show more

Back cover copy

In Breaktime Morgan thinks literature is crap but Ditto doesn't agree and sets out to prove his cynical friend wrong by writing an account of what happens to him over half term - his father has a heart attack, he gets involved in a drunken brawl with a couple of burglars and has a life-changing encounter with the girl of his dreams. But is it true or is Ditto just playing a game with words? It's not for Morgan alone to decide . . . 'An immensely rich piece of work . . . Entertaining, stimulating and thought-provoking' School Librarian Journal Dance on My Grave is Hal Robinson's own story of love and obsession during one extraordinary summer in his seaside town. From Hal's first meeting with Barry to the relationship that follows and it's devastating end, Hal tells of feelings so intense, experiences so bizarre and happenings so dramatic that they leave him changed for ever. 'Clever and imaginative, wide and spacious' EVENING STANDARD The first and second in a sequence of six ground-breaking and provocative novels that explore different aspects of teenage love and self-discovery. This new edition includes an Afterword by the author.show more

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84 ratings
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4 30% (25)
3 33% (28)
2 8% (7)
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