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 out.
- Paperback | 176 pages
- 129 x 198 x 12mm | 127g
- 25 Oct 2005
- Random House Children's Publishers UK
- Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books)
- London, United Kingdom
- UK ed.
- black and white line
A touching story, written in verse, which celebrates friendship and individuality - from the award-winning author of Noughts and Crosses. Despite his mum's insistence, Sam doesn't want to be friends with Davey. He thinks Davey is 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 that 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, the story of an extraordinary friendship that changes two boys' lives forever - an uplifting tale that truly sings out. "From the Hardcover edition.
"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"
"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 Times *
About Malorie Blackman
Malorie Blackman has written over 60 books for children and young adults, including the Noughts & Crosses series, Thief and most recently her science fiction thriller Chasing the Stars. Her work has also been adapted for TV with the 6-part adaptation of Pig-Heart Boy winning a BAFTA and Noughts & Crosses currently in production for the BBC, with Roc Nation (Jay-Z's entertainment company) on board to curate and release the soundtrack as Executive Producer. A stage adaptation of the book, by Pilot Theatre, will run from February 2019, under the direction of Sabrina Mahfouz. In 2005, Malorie was honoured with the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her distinguished contribution to the world of children's books, in 2008 she received an OBE for her services to children's literature and, between 2013 and 2015, she was the Children's Laureate. Malorie is currently writing for the new Doctor Who series on BBC One and the fifth novel in her Noughts & Crosses sequence, Crossfire, will be published by Penguin Random House Children's in summer 2019.