Busted Beat

 

Cover of Cloud Busting

Cover of Cloud Busting

54. Cloud Busting by Malorie Blackman

 

Like Heartbeat by Sharon Creech, which I discussed here a couple of years ago, this is told in first person poetry. The topics (beyond the obvious growing in maturity, since both are about young adolescents) are quite different, however. This is a bullying story with a bit of a difference, since it’s told by a guilty ex-bully who in many ways feels he’s got off too lightly.

I’ve given a fair bit away, here, but it’s a very good book and well worth the read.

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6 Responses to “Busted Beat”

  1. kloppenmum Says:

    Looks interesting. Bullying seems to be such a constant worry for some families, another perspective, even if in fiction could be helpful.

    • kaet Says:

      I know it’s been popular to have in school libraries. Blackman’s a popular author, so it doesn’t have to be pushed at them the way something with bullying on the cover might have to be.

  2. hakea Says:

    Ah Kaet, you are increasing my “to do” list significantly.

    Sounds like another good book.

    Do you really read this quickly?

    • kaet Says:

      I wondered if you might find this of possible interest for some of the older children you work with. Blackman is one of those authors who can do big issues without overloading the story.

      This book’s from last year, but I do read pretty quickly, and have unexpectedly got back to doing so more with the baby, since I can read while she’s (mostly) asleep, lying on/next to me and/or nursing far more easily than I can do much of anything else.

  3. Daisy Says:

    Thanks for the heads up – I really enjoyed her other novels and will look out for this one.

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