Bleakboy and Hunter stand out in the rain

Bleakboy and Hunter stand out in the rain by Steven Herrick11yr old Jesse, aka Bleakboy, is trying to fit in at his new ‘inclusive’ school and impress Kate, a girl with curly black hair, an infectious smile and glittering braces. He talks aloud to Trevor (really a poster of Jesus but he is being sensitive to his parents who are atheist) about his many problems which drives his sister wild. One of his problems is Hunter, the ‘class anarchist, law breaker and boy most likely to set the record for continuous detentions’. From the alternating perspectives of both Jesse and Hunter we feel the pressures on today’s children in this easy, sensitive read for ages 9 and up. If you like Steven Herrick’s style you might like to try Pookie Aleera is not my boyfriend.

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