About this book
When Nick's mother dies suddenly, the fourteen-year-old is sent straight into a boys' home, where he finds institutional intimidation and violence keep order. From the writer of the controversial bestseller "Junk", winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal.
When Nicholas' mum overdoses on heroin, the fourteen-year-old is suddenly lost, grieving and alone. Sent away to a boys' home, Nick finds order is kept by intimidation and violence. After countless fights and punishments, Nick thinks life can't get any worse. But the deputy head, Mr Tony Creal, has other ideas.