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Troublemakers

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In three years I will be able to vote and I will still have less power than I did at the moment that I saw that email, which was such a tiny thing but look what happened. Fifteen-year-old Alena never really knew her political activist mother, who died when she was a baby. She has grown up with her older half-brother Danny and his boyfriend Nick in the east end of London. Now the area is threatened by a bomber who has been leaving explosive devices in supermarkets. It is only a matter of time before a bomb goes off. Against this increasingly fearful backdrop, Alena seeks to discover more about her past, while Danny takes a job working for a controversial politician. As her family life implodes, and the threat to Londoners mounts, Alena starts getting into trouble. Then she does something truly rebellious. A searing, heartbreaking coming-of-age tale for fans of Lisa Williamson, Jenny Downham and Sarah Crossan.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 23mm | 305g
  • Andersen Press Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1783445246
  • 9781783445240
  • 75,069

Review quote

"A thought-provoking, richly layered YA novel about politics, love, grief and coming of age." -- Imogen Russell Williams * Guardian * "A touching, truthful depiction of an unconventional family life... written before London's current summer of discontent but captures the effect of a constant climate of unease on young people and the permanently anxious adults who care for them." -- Geraldine Brennan * Observer * "A clever, thoughtful novel with a wonderfully realistic main character" -- Sarah Webb * Irish Independent * "It's refreshing to see a contemporary YA novel that focuses so much on family and politics and allows its heroine to escape the narrative without a boyfriend in tow" -- Claire Hennessy * Irish Times * "Family tensions and uncertainty are contrasted against the current political situation in this excellent novel" -- Marilyn Brocklehurst * Guardian, The Best New Children's Books supplement * "I loved it, so much so that as soon as I finished I started reading it again. Completely brilliant" -- Keren David, author of Salvage "I couldn't put Troublemakers down. It's a real page-turner, with utterly believable characters who are all trying to do their best. Barter is a fresh, exciting new voice, and I can't wait to see what she does next." -- Susin Nielsen "I think it's really brilliant and I absolutely loved it - the voice is terrific. I hope it's loved as much as Jenny Downham's Unbecoming." -- Aoife Walsh, author of Too Close To Home "A sparky and timely coming-of-age tale about politics, activism & morality" * Katherine Woodfine * "One of the most woke YA novels EVER and will quickly make you question your own political knowledge and outspokenness" * Maximum Pop! Books * "Politics and the personal combine in a thoughtful, well-told and moving story" -- Andrea Reece * Lovereading4Kids * "Intelligent and thought-provoking, this is an absorbing novel, and a highly impressive debut." * Books for Keeps *show more

About Catherine Barter

Catherine Barter grew up in Warwickshire, and then lived in Norwich for ten years, where she worked in a library, a bookshop, and for an organisation campaigning for the rights of garment workers. After gaining a PhD in American literature, she ditched academia for the lucrative world of independent bookselling. Currently she lives in East London and co-manages Housmans, a radical independent bookshop in King's Cross.show more

Review Text

"One of the most woke YA novels EVER and will quickly make you question your own political knowledge and outspokenness"show more

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129 ratings
4.07 out of 5 stars
5 37% (48)
4 39% (50)
3 19% (25)
2 4% (5)
1 1% (1)
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