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Summary

Bloomsbury presents Face by Benjamin Zephaniah, read by Ben Bailey Smith.

In the moving and compelling debut novel from Benjamin Zephaniah, a young man's life is completely changed when his face is badly scarred in a car accident. 

Martin seems to have it all. He's cool, funny and he's the undisputed leader of the Gang of Three, who roam their East London estate during the holidays looking for fun. But one night after the Gang leave a late-night rap club, Martin accepts a ride from Pete, a Raider's Posse gang member. Too late, he realises that the car is stolen and that the police are after them. 

What happens next will change Martin's life and looks and show him the true meaning of strength, courage, discrimination and friendship.  

Brilliantly written and with a real ear for dialogue, fans of Angie Thomas and Malorie Blackman will love Benjamin Zephaniah's novels for young adult listeners: 

  • Refugee Boy
  • Face
  • Gangsta Rap
  • Teacher's Dead
©1999 Benjamin Zephaniah (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic reviews

"A lively and positive account of a boy who is badly scarred in a joyriding crash and how he comes to terms with it...incredibly well told." (Irish Times)

"An impressive debut, carefully researched.... Zephaniah writes wonderfully natural dialogue with the same ease as he spins out rhyming couplets." (Herald)

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