Bitter Sixteen

Publisher: Salt

Stanly Bird is 15. He lives in a small Welsh town where nothing much really happens, and spends his time discussing the finer points of Casablanca and Buffy the Vampire Slayer with Daryl, his talking beagle.

But when he turns 16, he finds that he can suddenly fly, and move things with his mind. With these new powers, Tref-y-Celwyn starts to feel too small for a superhero, and so Stanly leaves the small town bullies behind for London, where much scarier monsters are waiting to be battled…

Funny, sharp and totally original, Bitter Sixteen is the beginning of a trilogy about a tremendously appealing smart-mouthed Welsh superhero (and his cynical, talking dog sidekick). Half action thriller, half coming-of-age story combined with Mohamed’s encyclopaedic references to Star Wars, superheroes, Buffy, and all manner of film and TV geekery. The wicked sense of humour makes this a brilliant start to a genuinely 'unputdownable' story.

More books like this

Omega the Unknown

Author: Jonathan Lethem & Karl Rusnack Illustrator: Farel Dalrymple & Paul Hornschemeier

The story of a mute, reluctant super hero from another planet, and the earthly teenager with whom he shares a strange destiny.

Read more about Omega the Unknown

Ace of Spiders

Author: Stefan Mohamed

The second in the Bitter Sixteen trilogy, Ace of Spiders fizzes with just as much heart, razor-sharp dialogue, down to earth humour and sci-fi references as the first in the series. One of the best modern takes on the superhero genre, out there.

Read more about Ace of Spiders

Share this book with your friends

Use our Bookfinder to discover the perfect children's books for every age...