Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2018
Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018 Longlisted for the
Branford Boase Award 2018 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.
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A beautifully written character-driven story.
Tue, 3 Oct 2017 | Review by: Sue @ Crushingcinders
Troublemakers is a beautifully written character-driven story. The rich multi-layered characters come to life on the pages against a well-developed background. But the pacing is slow in places and unless you’re as invested in the characters as I was this may bother you.
Focusing on the effects of grief and secrets big enough to destroy. On family dynamics and friendships. And at the centre is fifteen-year-old Alena and her family consisting of her older brother Danny and his life partner Nick. I loved that the family unit is not a traditional one, but that aside from the secret (and secrets have a way of getting out!) works really well. In all other respects, Danny and Nick make really good parents and Alena is so lucky to have them.
After reading the story I have no idea why it is called troublemakers. It gives the impression of a mischievous gang causing havoc. But does it portray the story? No, it really doesn’t. It portrays another story, one related but distant. Lena’s story needs her own title.
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