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Liccle Bit

by Alex Wheatle - £6.99  Little, Brown Book Group (ATOM) (2015)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780349001999 | ISBN 10: 0349001995

Voice-driven debut YA novel, full of humour and friendship, about a teenage boy who gets caught up in gang culture on an inner city estate.

"A gripping tale of family and friends, love and loyalty"
(Malorie Blackman, Children's Laureate)
What's worse than hiding a secret? Liccle Bit's about to find out...
 
Venetia King is the hottest girl at school. Too bad Lemar is the second shortest guy in his year. Everyone calls him Liccle Bit, and his two best friends, McKay and Jonah, never tire of telling him he has no chance with girls. Things aren't much better at home. His mum is permanently hassled, his sister a frustrated single mum and his dad moved out years ago. Liccle Bit wishes he could do something - anything! - to make life better. A new phone would be a start...
 
When Venetia starts paying Liccle Bit attention, he secretly hopes he's on a fast track to a first date. Unfortunately, as a new gang war breaks out, he finds himself on a fast track to something much more sinister. South Crongton's notorious gang leader has taken an interest in Liccle Bit. Before he knows what's happening, he finds himself running errands. But when he hears about a killing on the estate, Liccle Bit is forced to question his choices. How can he possibly put things right?

(Price & availability last checked: March 2015)

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