Smart : A Mysterious Crime, a Different Detective

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Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, the Federation of Children's Book Groups Prize and longlisted for the 2015 Carnegie Medal, Kim Slater's outstanding debut, Smart, is moving and compelling novel with a loveable character at its heart.

'I found Jean's friend dead in the river. His name was Colin Kirk. He was a homeless man, but he still wanted to live.'

There's been a murder, but the police don't care. It was only a homeless old man after all.

Kieran cares. He's made a promise, and when you say something out loud, that means you're going to do it, for real. He's going to find out what really happened. To Colin. And to his grandma, who just stopped coming round one day. It's a good job Kieran's a master of observation, and knows all the detective tricks of the trade.

But being a detective is difficult when you're Kieran Woods. When you're amazing at drawing but terrible at fitting in. And when there are dangerous secrets everywhere, not just outside, but under your own roof.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 131 x 196 x 17mm | 178g
  • Macmillan Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1529009219
  • 9781529009217
  • 387,584

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A remarkable debut * Guardian * An absolute page turner * Bookseller * Beautifully observed - an evocative, compelling story * Lancashire Evening Post * A fantastic addition to children's literature * Wondrous Reads * A truly astonishing debut * LoveReading4Kids * Amazing, enthralling, enticing * Armadillo Magazine * He is a real modern day hero and well worth investing in. I couldn't recommend this book enough. -- Anne Hammond * ThirteenFourteen * It's painful to see how Kieran is treated, but heart-warming when people realise what he is capable of and how he doesn't hold the prejudices against other people as most of us might do. Smart leaves you with the hope that this realisation will extend beyond Kieran and will soon become a part of everyday life * *
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About Kim Slater

Kim Slater honed her storytelling skills as a child, writing macabre tales specially designed to scare her younger brother! Taking her literary inspiration from everyday life, Kim's debut novel, Smart, won ten regional prizes and was shortlisted for over twenty regional and national awards, including the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the Federation of Children's Book Groups Prize. Smart was also longlisted for the 2015 Carnegie Medal. Her novels A Seven-Letter Word, 928 Miles from Home and The Boy Who Lied are all regional prize-winners. Kim lives in Nottingham with her husband and has one grown-up daughter.
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1,631 ratings
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4 39% (637)
3 26% (420)
2 7% (111)
1 2% (31)
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