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The Year of the Rat

by Clare Furniss (author) (UK edition)

Suitable for 14 - 18 years

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Death? OUCH. Your kicking, screaming weepy movie antidote. Pearl breaks all the china, plus your heart. Caution: this is not your average John Green sad-happy book of grief and loss. No: this is the type that tears at hair, smashes mirrors and leaves your face all snotty. Pearl is a mess. Reeling from her mother’s death, she’s now forced to live with the stinking baby who killed her. (The Rat.) Pearl is is heartbroken – in a screaming in rage, shutting out her loved ones sort of way. Is there any end to her pain? The least likeable, yet still deeply loveable, teen-in-grief you’ll ever meet.

Nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2015.

“Beautifully written with a dry sense of humour.” Stylist

This book contains mature content.

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Simon & Schuster Childrens Books

Date published

January 1st, 2015

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AR book level: 4.0; Upper years; 8.0 points



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