29 Locks

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Growing up in Hackney with his loving but troubled single mum, fifteen-year-old Donny's life has been shaped by poverty, crime and casual violence, including grooming by a local gang. When his mum is jailed for drugs offences, Donny is fostered outside London to the Hertfordshire countryside. Life in the rural Home Counties is a bit like landing on another planet but doing work experience on the Hertford Union Canal, Donny feels like he's finally found his purpose. When Donny's posh new friend Zoe is offered a dubious modelling audition in London, the pair decide to 'borrow' a canal barge and navigate the 29 locks down to Kings Cross. As they start out on their journey the future looks as unpromising as Zoe's fake audition. But as each lock is navigated and conquered, their adventures take on a new dimension, and life will never be the same again. ...

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    Author: By (author)  Nicola Garrard
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
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    'It crackles off the page!' (ALEX WHEATLE); 'Urgent, gripping, relevant and important: I loved 29 Locks' (Anthony McGowan, winner, Carnegie Award 2020); 'Raw, unique and often-tender, this novel is an anthem for the ordinary spirit that burns so fiercely inside each of us. A must-read for all young adults' (Aoife Fitzpatrick, Winner of Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize'); 'An essential read for the many young people today who can relate to Donny, showing them that amidst all the pain and inequalities of the world, justice can still be served and a future can be built from learning and kindness' (Ms Florence Bauhofer, PLS EAL Department ); 'It's a was a perfect book for people my age. My favourite character is Donny because he was so resilient even though he had a diff......

    More Product Information 2: About Nicola Garrard
    Nicola Garrard grew up in Devon, France and Sussex. She studied English Literature, with a focus on representations of race in Early Modern theatre. She has taught in secondary schools for twenty-three years. Her first novel, 29 Locks was shortlisted in the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize and the Mslexia Children's Novel Competition. She lives in Sussex with her partner, three children and a Jack Russell terrier. Her family is typical of modern Britain, with roots in England, Scotland and Trinidad. ...