The Light That Gets Lost

The Light That Gets Lost

2.58 (159 ratings by Goodreads)
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2.58 (159 ratings by Goodreads)

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A small boy hiding in a cupboard witnesses something no child should ever see. He tries not to look but he still hears it. And when he comes out, there's no mistaking. His mum and dad have been killed. And though he's only small, he swears that he'll get revenge one day.

Years later, Trey goes to a strange camp that is meant to save troubled teenagers. It's packed with crazies, god-botherers, devoted felons and broken kids. Trey's been in and out of trouble ever since the day the bad thing happened, but he's not here for saving: this is where he'll find the man who did it. Revenge and healing, salvation and hell are a boiling, dangerous mix, and Trey finds himself drawn to a girl, a dream and the offer of friendship in the dark ...
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 20.32mm | 199g
  • Bloomsbury Childrens Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1408835878
  • 9781408835876
  • 1,117,542

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Gripping stuff, Carthew's prose has a startling ferocity Toby Clements The Telegraph Best Books of 2015
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Gripping stuff, Carthew's prose has a startling ferocity -- Toby Clements * The Telegraph Best Books of 2015 * The prose is often eccentric, quirky and vernacular, and sometimes poetic, with a magical and lyrical rhythm. Superb! Highly recommended -- The School Librarian * Steve Hird * A vivid, imagistic language. -- The Financial Times * Suzi Feay * 'The Light That Gets Lost' is a wild and dangerous story and a beautiful one, too.
It's rough and taciturn and frank and, at times, utterly shocking. But it's also deeply, deeply intimate. -- The Bookbag * Jill Murphy * It's wholly original, a novel that could only have been written by Natasha Carthew. The camp, the earth beneath, the sky above, are so vividly described, we feel the soil under fingernails, smell the sunshine. Carthew's language is enthralling, she uses Cornish dialect words rooted in the landscape described, and her writing has its own poetry. -- Matthew Martin * Books For Keeps * The lyrical and expressive writing style breathes life into this absorbing story. * BookTrust * Carthew delivers a gripping story in intense, powerful prose. -- Peter Carty * International Business Times * Languid but ultimately uplifting. -- Niall Alexander * *
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About Natasha Carthew

Natasha Carthew is from Cornwall where she lives with her girlfriend of nineteen years. She has had three books of poetry published. Her first novel Winter Damage was nominated for the 2014 Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for several national awards including the prestigious Branford Boase Award 2014. The Light That Gets Lost is due to be published autumn 2015. She has recently completed her third book, also for Bloomsbury.
She occasionally runs 'Wild Writing' workshops but spends most of her time writing outside in all weathers. She is also a survival expert and trained walks guide.
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Rating details

159 ratings
2.58 out of 5 stars
5 8% (13)
4 14% (22)
3 25% (39)
2 35% (55)
1 19% (30)
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