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Fifteen Days Without a Head

Two brothers. One cartoon dog. And a load of trouble.

Dave Cousins

Suitable for:  TEEN (boys and girls)

Price:  £7.99

ISBN: 978-0-19-273256-9
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Paperback: 288 pages
Dimensions: 198x129mm

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Meet Laurence, fifteen years old and six feet tall. Very soon, he'll dress up as his mum and impersonate a dead man on the radio. Meet Jay, his six year old brother. He looks like an angel but thinks he's a dog. He'll sink his teeth into anyone who gets in the way. Today is Tuesday and the next fifteen days will change the boys' lives for ever.

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  • Praise for 15 Days Without a Head: 'This heartfelt well-told debut is a delight.' The Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week. (1 January 2012) - Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times
  • 'Cousins' sheer inventiveness coupled with Laurence's sparky voice, keeps the story from becoming depressing or worthy.' - Suzi Feay, Financial Times
  • 'A tough, charged . . . gripping story.' - Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading4kids
  • 'Incredible lightness of touch and humour but also seriously weighty . . . reminded me a lot of Frank Cottrell Boyce.' - Anthony McGowan
  • 'An excellent debut. It's a tough and turbulent tale of growing up the hard way, but there's heart and soul on every page. I can't wait to see what Cousins does next.' - Keith Gray, the award-winning author of Ostrich Boys
  • 'Unputdownable . . . a jewel of a book.' - Candy Gourlay
  • 'Some books you read and find entertaining. And some books you read and never forget. This is one I will have in my mind for a long time.' - PaulaSHx, blogger
  • 'I want to put this book in every teenager's hand.' - Serendipity Reviews, blog
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