DOPED UP AND LOCKED UP - OR FREE? Marcus King - Noodle Head to his friends - is coming to the end of his six-month stint at the Dovedale Home for Young Offenders. He's settled down and he's taking his meds - even if they do dull his senses and leave him unable to think straight. Still, the staff seem to think that's what an overactive, excitable boy needs - just a good dose of Kalmasol. He's even managed to make some pretty good friends amongst all the wild and difficult boys at the home. Ratso, Shelly and Ravi are a pretty odd gang but they do stick together. But everything goes wrong during Hare and Hounds - a torturous and cruel chase game the boys are forced to play. Marcus is back in trouble again. Now he's stuck at Dovedale for another stint - and who knows when they'll let him out now? A day out with their favourite teacher, Miss Wonderland sends Marcus's situation spiralling even lower - now only a drastic solution will do...
- Paperback | 272 pages
- 133 x 199 x 18mm | 190g
- 26 Apr 2005
- Random House Children's Publishers UK
- Corgi Childrens
- London, United Kingdom
"An ultimately uplifting tale of how determination, courage and perserverance can overcome the cruelty of a rigid regime and the bullies that it allows to operate with impunity in the name of discipline" The Times "Funny, sparkily paced and full of youthful exuberance" TES "Frequently funny and sharply written, Noodle Head is a powerful testament to the power of the human spirit in adversity and a critique of a society all too ready to medicate, rather than understand and listen to its youth" Children's Books Ireland "A gripping and readable tale" The School Librarian "Brilliant read ... You won't be able to put it down" Reading Matters
About Jonathan Kebbe
Jonathan has been a Play Leader, an English and Drama teacher, and co-Director of a Traveling Children's Theater, taking plays and workshops into schools. He now writes full-time for adults, teenagers and children. He has three lively children, an overgrown allotment and a pet fox called Shonika.
"A gripping and readable tale"