Two boys, one struggle. A new family, an uncovered secret.
Tommy and Ryan are as different as they come. Tommy is a young offender, he’s tough and he’s cool. Ryan is a good student, well-behaved, and definitely not cool. Forced to become a family, the two discover their shared dyslexia and develop an unlikely friendship.
As Ryan helps Tommy to read, a secret is revealed that will change their lives forever.
Prize-winning Malcolm Duffy's third novel explores the joys and challenges of dyslexia in a story full of his hallmark heart and humour. For 12+.
'A grippingly unfolding domestic drama... The book's two engaging narrators learn and teach the value of empathy with others' Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week.
'An honest, open family drama shining a light on dyslexia' Sunday Express.
'An engaging book for young readers... with lies, secrets, and dyslexia at the heart of the story' ― Armadillo Magazine
'A funny, raw and heartfelt teen story that sensitively explores the impact of dyslexia’ -- Chris Soul, reviewer and teacher
'Well-paced and highly engaging, readers will be surprised by more than one satisfying twist' ― BookTrust, Book of the Month
'This brilliant story about a blended family also explores the joys and challenges of dyslexia' ― The Week Junior
'This book has very real, appealing characters – and lots of extremely funny moments' ― Scotsman
Malcolm Duffy was born and raised in Newcastle upon Tyne. He got his degree in Law at Warwick University, and then worked professionally in TV and radio. His time as Creative Director of Comic Relief inspired his first novel.