Bloomsbury £12.99 9781408867808
Shortlisted for CLiPPA 2018
Photo: Michael Thorn
A moving verse novel for young adults, seen from the viewpoint of a young man whose brother is on death row in Texas. Moving back and forth between Joe’s present moments and ten years ago when he last saw his brother Ed, events are revealed and inferred through Joe’s thoughts and the dialogue between their family members. This is an extremely personal and emotional narrative that explores the injustices of the penal system and life’s inequalities. The poems that make up the narrative stand up as individual entities and use a range of poetic devices. This verse novel is engrossing and stays in the mind and will get young people reading.