Publisher: Red Fox

Within a few hours of starting at a new school, John Malarkey, a strong-minded teenager, is accused of a theft he did not commit. As he tries to sort out the problem and deal with the pupils who used him as a scapegoat, he gets himself into much deeper trouble.

John’s struggle to prove his innocence and smash the gang (which is, in effect, controlling the school) is recounted in gritty language, and the last chapter provides a dramatic conclusion to a powerful story line that is not afraid to confront the horrors of bullying and blackmail.

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