Cloud Busting

Cloud Busting

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Despite his Mum's insistence, Sam doesn't want to be friends with Davey, he thinks Davey's a first class, grade A, top of the dung heap moron. But one day Davey saves Sam's life and a bond is formed between them. Sam is still embarrassed to be seen with Davey, but little by little he has to admit, when it's just the two of them, Davey is a lot of fun. But then something terrible happens to Davey...Told in verse, in first person, this is the touching story of an extraordinary friendship, that changes two boys lives for ever. An uplifting tale that truly sings more

Product details

  • 9+
  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 130 x 192 x 14mm | 140g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books)
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black and white line
  • 0440866154
  • 9780440866152
  • 54,638

About Malorie Blackman

MALORIE BLACKMAN has written over sixty books and is acknowledged as one of today's most imaginative and convincing writers for young readers. She has been awarded numerous prizes for her work, including the Red House Children's Book Award and the Fantastic Fiction Award. Malorie has also been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. In 2005 she was honoured with the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her contribution to children's books, and in 2008 she received an OBE for her services to children's literature. She has been described by The Times as 'a national treasure'. Malorie Blackman was the Children's Laureate more

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"One of the most original and moving books of the year ... an absolutely remarkable book" Daily Mail "Inspired writing ... it flows like melted butter and glistens as it goes ... Blackman knows her verse forms and uses them to brilliant effect" Guardian "It is funny and poignant and Blackman's use of language is wonderfully economic. This is a masterpiece of writing and a book for all ages" TES "It soon develops into a cautionary tale about the way that both a friendship and a child's originality is destroyed by peer pressure. What makes it even more unusual is that it is told out of the mind of the boy who brought about the destruction. Blackman threads humour into the tragedy and (just) succeeds in giving us something to hope for" Independent "Hats off to Malorie Blackman ... Sheer poetry" Oxford Timesshow more

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He's gone. And it's his fault - The fault of the class idiot The class bully . . . Davey is a new boy and Sam can't stand him. He thinks Davey is a first-class, grade A, top-of-the-dung-heap moron. But when the two are thrown together, Sam discovers that Davey's eccentric way of looking at the world makes life a lot more exciting. Until something terrible happens . . . A beautiful, funny and sad story, told completely in verse. 'One of the most original and moving books of the year... absolutely remarkable' Daily Mail 'Funny and poignant... a masterpiece of writing and a book for all ages' TESshow more

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450 ratings
3.91 out of 5 stars
5 35% (156)
4 33% (149)
3 23% (103)
2 8% (34)
1 2% (8)
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