The History of a Word 02/07/20
Why I Went Back
Publisher: Andersen Press
Aiden's mother has been institutionalised after a breakdown. His father, a postman, can't cope without her and the house is quickly filling with undelivered mail. Terrified his father's crime will be discovered, Aiden has been delivering as much as he can early every morning.
When his bicycle is stolen, Aiden has no choice but to try to retrieve it. He discovers much more than a stolen bike, however - the thieves have a mysterious old man chained up in their hideaway.
Unable to leave him there, this is the story of why Aiden goes back.
From the first page, this novel pulls readers in and refuses to let go. Aiden is such a well-developed character that you immediately care for him, despite his early admission about being a bully. A tense, magical atmosphere is maintained throughout the entire book, making it a gripping read to the end.