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TAPE is set to be the outstanding teen debut of 2014. Told with cracking prose, shimmering with humour and devastatingly moving, it will haunt anyone who reads it...Record a voice and it lasts forever...In 1993, Ryan records a diary on an old tape. He talks about his mother's death, about his dreams, about his love for a new girl at school who doesn't even know he exists. In 2013, Ameliah moves in with her grandmother after her parents die. There, she finds a tape in the spare room. A tape with a boy's voice on it - a voice she can't quite hear, but which seems to be speaking to her. Ryan and Ameliah are connected by more than just a tape. This is their story.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 135 x 216 x 30mm | 390g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • HarperCollins Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0007523513
  • 9780007523511
  • 230,979

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'Truly gripping... a cleverly structured, movingly characterised and powerful tale.' The Sunday Times 'Steven Camden is a born storyteller. Read TAPE, rewind, then read it again.' Phil Earle 'Time-warping escapism. I loved it!' Jordan, Rizzle Kicks 'Steven is one of my greatest influences, he is a powerhouse in his field, both looked to and admired. This book is just as original, playful as Steven is. Full of heart.' Laura Dockrill 'Warm, funny and honest. [Steven] writes about familiar things and makes them magic. He writes about magic things and makes them familiar.' Kate Tempest, winner of the Ted Hughes Award for innovation in poetry 'Sad, poignant, true, funny and bursting full of heart.' Nikesh Shukla, author of Coconut Unlimited "An affectionate tribute to the mixed tape and the human desire to find a fairy tale. It encapsulates universal themes of love, hope and fate while adding a soupcon of magic. Camden writes sensitively from the perspective of different genders, evoking the dynamics of family dramas and the awkwardness of coming of age." The Bookbagshow more

About Steven Camden

Steven Camden is a leading spoken-word poet, performing as Polarbear. He also writes radio plays, teaches storytelling in schools, and was a lead artist for The Ministry of Stories. TAPE is his first novel. When you read it, you will find this hard to believe. You can find out more about Steven at www.bearheart.org.uk or follow him on twitter at @homeofpolar.show more

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I received this from netgalley in exchange for an honest review I have to say that this was mainly a cover-read for me, because I think it's utterly gorgeous. I'm sad to say that the story didn't do it for me though. I enjoyed it enough to finish it, but I have a bunch of problems with it anyway. Let's start; I did not connect or relate to any of the characters, I wasn't intrigued or the least bit interested in how the story progressed and how it was going to end, the story didn't drew me in and I didn't really get the whole "plot-twist" at the end since it's pretty obvious. I have a feeling that this book is targeted towards a much younger audience - maybe even middle-grade. This book was probably just the shell of what I thought it was going to be which is why it have received a neutral rating of 3 stars.show more
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