Despite his Mum's insistence, Sam doesn't want to be friends with Davey, he thinks Davey's a first class, grade A, top of the dung heap moron. But one day Davey saves Sam's life and a bond is formed between them. Sam is still embarrassed to be seen with Davey, but little by little he has to admit, when it's just the two of them, Davey is a lot of fun. But then something terrible happens to Davey...Told in verse, in first person, this is the touching story of an extraordinary friendship, that changes two boys lives for ever. An uplifting tale that truly sings out.
One of the most original and moving books of the year ... an absolutely remarkable book Daily Mail Inspired writing ... it flows like melted butter and glistens as it goes ... Blackman knows her verse forms and uses them to brilliant effect Guardian It is funny and poignant and Blackman's use of language is wonderfully economic. This is a masterpiece of writing and a book for all ages TES It soon develops into a cautionary tale about the way that both a friendship and a child's originality is destroyed by peer pressure. What makes it even more unusual is that it is told out of the mind of the boy who brought about the destruction. Blackman threads humour into the tragedy and (just) succeeds in giving us something to hope for Independent Hats off to Malorie Blackman ... Sheer poetry Oxford Times