Publisher: Scholastic

Stephen has been keeping a secret of unbearable proportions. He can't confide in his foster family, his social worker or his dead-beat father - they wouldn't believe him anyway, not with his history.

The tiny pet Stephen's father gave him four years ago, has now become a potentially deadly beast. Stephen is struggling to keep him alive, and from harming the public, in a local reservoir he has made his home.

Far more than a thriller, this debut novel handles issues ranging from homelessness to bereavement. A Gripping storyline and an utterly believable narrator in Stephen, leaves the reader willing this unlikely hero to triumph over, not only the beast, but the society that has let him down.

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