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Orangeboy

Short-listed for the Costa Book Award 2016
Narrated by: Ben Bailey Smith
Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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Summary

Short-listed for the Costa Children's Book Award 2016

Not cool enough, not clever enough, not street enough for anyone to notice me. I was the kid people looked straight through. Not anymore. Not since Mr Orange.

Sixteen-year-old Marlon has made his mum a promise - he'll never follow his big brother, Andre, down the wrong path. So far it's been easy, but when a date ends in tragedy, Marlon finds himself hunted. They're after the mysterious Mr Orange, and they're going to use Marlon to get to him. Marlon's out of choices. Can he become the person he never wanted to be, to protect everyone he loves?

©2016 Patrice Lawrence (P)2017 Hodder Children's Books

Critic reviews

"What a book! Such a gripping, gritty storyline, with such wonderful, believable characters. Loved it." (Tanya Landman, author of Buffalo Soldier)
"A truly brilliant book. I galloped through it...edge of the seat stuff!" (Malorie Blackman)
"Pitch-perfect teen voices and a bruising, thrilling pace." ( Metro)
"Direct and punchy." ( The Guardian)
"A contemporary urban thriller with a powerful family drama at its heart." ( The Bookseller)

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Really enjoyed this book and think it’s a great one for young adults to read to really make them think about consequences of gang life

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Enjoyable from start to finish

Great story, really brought to life by the brilliant, engaging narration from Ben Bailey Smith.

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brilliant!!

👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾 a great listen, love the storyline very gripping couldn't actually put it down..100% recommended

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Can't make up my mind...

Brilliant for about 4/5 of the the book and then loses its way as it has to find an acceptable ending - when in reality, the main character would still be living with the uncertainty his situation had created. Get advice from someone else as to whether you should read this or not!