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Mason, Simon: Kid Got Shot.

Mason, Simon

Kid Got Shot

David Fickling Books, 2016, pp400, 10.99 [pounds sterling]

978 1 910989 14 2

Garvie Smith is very intelligent and very bored. So when an acquaintance from school is found murdered in a crumbling storage facility, solving the puzzle of what happened to 'the Gimp' starts to distract him from his GCSEs. His mum isn't happy, Miss Perkins isn't happy and the police definitely aren't happy. And nor is his friend Alex, when Garvie starts spending a lot more time with Alex's new girlfriend Zusanna. It begins to look impossible for Garvie to pass his exams, solve the murder, keep his friend, stay on the right side of the law and prevent any more harm being done.

Mason has accomplished something pretty difficult here--writing authentic crime fiction for teenagers that doesn't descend into thriller, and without the teenage detective feeling at all contrived. Of course, there is a page-turning, edge-of-your-seat climax, but there is also a real mystery and Garvie is not your ideal teenage role-model, but he is three-dimensional and interesting. This is, effectively, teen Sherlock Holmes on a council estate and it is superbly done, with gravitas and humour and nuance.

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Author:Regan, Andrea
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Date:Mar 22, 2017
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