I read the book almost in one sitting and will re-read it in a few weeks as I am certain that some parts of it are waiting in the wings for their moment to shine a light on a different interpretation of events. So what if he still sees the world a little differently? So it kinda has a British feel to it. But of course there isn't. Soon Johnny finds himself caught in the middle of a three-way gang war — the Deputy together with his bullying Prefects, the Drama Queens and the Fat, Bun-Running Lardies form the gangs. About the author Anthony McGowan is the award-winning author of many books for children and young adults, including Henry Tumour, which won the Booktrust Teenage prize and the Catalyst Award, and The Knife That Killed Me about the problems of knife crime and youth violence. And this is what Hello Darkness is really about: Johnny's disintergrating mental state. Characters are strangely ambivalent, reflecting back a particular aspect depending on how, where and when they are viewed.
As if the school was just the thinnest facade for a complex criminal underworld. Photo credit Jerry Bauer About LoveReading4Schools Schools, teachers and school librarians want to engender a lifelong love of reading in their pupils and develop exciting and varied reading lists for pupils. Review by Jack Year 7 Hello Darkness revolves around a fourteen year old boy, Johnny, in a comprehensive school where everything goes wrong. It was made into an acclaimed movie in 2011. His first book, Hellbent, was shortlisted for the and he went on to win the 2006 Teenage Booktrust Prize with his second book, Henry Tumor. As he gets further into his investigations, the lines between reality and imagination get blurred.
On top of this his parents are away for a week and are still pestering him to take his medication. . LoveReading4Schools is here to help! Someone is out to frame Johnny and he has got just four days to find the culprit before he takes the fall and the whole school turns against him. The number-one suspect: Johnny Middleton. However, I felt like the story lost its way at the end and ended rather abruptly and disappointingly.
McGowan creates characters whose background working-class northern is too little represented in fiction for young people, and he makes us know them and live their experience as if we were there. In the same year, Random House published Hellbent, his first novel for teenagers, and a second young-adult book, Henry Tumour, was published in 2006. She licked her paws and cleaned her face and then melted warmly into me. Hello Darkness was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. He went to school in Leeds. It is extremely well-written but beyond that, the plot is imaginative and leads the reader along a strange, twisted path. We delve deep into the psyche of John, the wisecracking loner student with a dark past, and his descent into the criminal underworld of the school and all its gangs and cliques, war zones, alliances and mysteries as he tries to solve the crimes.
No actual schoolwork really goes on and you're left wondering what kind of school he's in, or even if it is contemporary or part fantasy because of the school set-up. So everybody knows McGowan in dis town, right? He has lectured on creative writing at London Metropolitan University, Royal Holloway University of London, and The Faber Academy. He needs to break the case before the case breaks him. Like 'He waxed lyrical about his cats'. Boy's got quite a reputation over the years. A wonderful introduction to noir, bordering on parody but never overstepping the line, for teen boys and girls of 13+. A must read for viewers of all ages.
When the students start to think t Johnny Middleton is a boy with a problem: someone is butchering the school pets and he is the main target. Its not long, and it's easy to read in terms of the writing style, but there was something about it that was hard to take. So what if he still sees the world a little differently? However, the Deputy Head is a cruel, vicious dictator. It's funny too; the school is outrageous. He is married to the fashion designer and novelist Rebecca Campbell.
The number-one suspect: Johnny Middleton. Soon Johnny finds himself caught in the middle of a three-way gang war — the Deputy together with his bullying Prefects, the Drama Queens and the Fat, Bun-Running Lardies form the gangs. Johnny becomes the prime suspect in the death of the school pets, avoiding suspension he promises to supply the Deputy Head with the name of the correct person within the week. There's even a Chinatown haha! I give four stars to books I consider to be excellent so to get five a book has to have something beyond being a well-written story. Johnny's had problems in the past, but they're behind him now. Johnny's had problems in the past, but they're behind him now.
Parents want to buy books that engage, excite and challenge their children and that their kids love. Someone is on a killing spree - slaughtering the school pets with a cold-blooded savagery. Someone is killing off the school pets, and suspicion has fallen on him. After finishing I was waiting for the cogs in my head to throw out something profound. He is your typical unreliable narrator, and the reader is never quite sure how much of what Johnny is seeing or doing is actually happening. And you're constantly trying to guess whodunnit.
Phil in philosophy and a PhD on the history of the concept of beauty. The book is so good. The sequel, The Donut Diaries: Revenge is Sweet was released in 2012, and the third in the series Escape from Camp Fatso came out the following year. Everyone seems to be hiding something. Faster than a broad into a mink coat Ok enough of the fake noir talk. The author uses the best metaphors and similes I've ever read. So what if he still sees the world a little differently? He's light on his feet.