Catherine Forde Skarrs

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Skarrs

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Danny-Boy shaves his head for Grampa Dan’s funeral and the barber tells him he looks like a prisoner of war. Danny-Boy doesn’t care he’s on a downward spiral. Drinking, cutting school, obsessed with the sick, violent lyrics of his favorite band, Skarrs. Danny would like to clean up his act and get together with the gorgeous Ali, but he can’t escape Jakey’s gang, even when the police come asking questions. While running from Jakey’s revenge, Danny at last hears the truth: Grampa Dan always hearing Skarrs’ lyrics about concentration camps pounding through the wall from Danny’s bedroom had himself been a prisoner of war in a Japanese camp. When Danny finds out the truth about Grampa Dan, he has one last chance to put things right.

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Catherine Forde is the author of numerous books, including Fat Boy Swim, which won the Grampian Children’s Book Award and was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Award, and Sugarcoated.

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"It is hard to shed fresh light on the Second World War, a topic routinely on the 'to do' list for pupils at some point in their school careers. But Forde, an exceptionally intuitive writer, has risen to the challenge with a novel that is both troubling and inspirational, balancing a very particular historical perspective alongside a brutal contemporary storyline."  —The Guardian

Skarrs is one of the best children’s books I’ve ever read. It’s raw, poetic, beautifully written, and frighteningly real. The characters are alive, the use of language is stunning.”  —Kevin Brooks, author, Being

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