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Ruthless killers are hunting Ty so the police move him and his mum to a quiet seaside town. But a horrific attack and a bullet meant for Ty prove that he's not safe.

On the road again, Ty's in hiding with complete strangers . . . who seem to know a lot about him. Meanwhile he's desperate to see his girlfriend Claire, and terrified that she may betray him. Ty can't trust his own judgement and he's making dangerous decisions that could deliver ...

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Overview


Ruthless killers are hunting Ty so the police move him and his mum to a quiet seaside town. But a horrific attack and a bullet meant for Ty prove that he's not safe.

On the road again, Ty's in hiding with complete strangers . . . who seem to know a lot about him. Meanwhile he's desperate to see his girlfriend Claire, and terrified that she may betray him. Ty can't trust his own judgement and he's making dangerous decisions that could deliver him straight to the gangsters.

A thrilling sequel to When I Was Joe, shot through with drama and suspense.

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"They come to kill me early in the morning. At 6 a.m. when the sky is pink and misty grey, the seagulls are crying overhead and the beach is empty. I'm not at home when they arrive."
— from the book
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—In this sequel to When I Was Joe (Frances Lincoln, 2010), Joe, formerly known as Tyler and now living under the assumed name Jake, is dealing with a wealth of shifting information. His paternal grandparents are alive, his estranged dad has tried to be in contact with him, and his reckless mother is pregnant. He's still struggling with the guilt and confusion he feels about his friend Rio's death and his friend Arron's involvement in the murder and about knowing that it's his fault that his family has to continuously move. When the pressure becomes too great, he flees to London and tries to connect with his old life. However, it's not as easy as he thought it would be, and when thugs almost kill him, he realizes that he must deal with the truth and his family. The enormous cast of characters makes it difficult to keep track of the narrative thread, especially since Joe/Tyler/Jake tells his story through flashbacks and emails. With all of his bad decisions, Joe is a frustrating, unreliable narrator. However, that unreliability does make for a compelling read, since he successfully conceals the truth from even himself. Unfortunately, the soap-opera-worthy family drama muddies what could have been a powerful emotional journey. The neat ending is expected and lackluster, but the promise of hope is the right closing note. Fans of the first book will be interested in Joe's continuing adventures, but others can pass.—Chris Shoemaker, New York Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
In this sequel to When I Was Joe(2010), "Joe" (formerly Tyler, now Jake) continues to make bad decisions based on his very partial understanding of his own past even as he tries hard to escape the present."Joe" was the new identity given to Tyler as part of the witness-protection program he entered in order to keep his testimony safe from influence after he witnessed a fatal stabbing. Tyler had been an insecure loner, while Joe was popular and made friends, but Jake barely knows who he is, and his new situation is even more confusing than the last. His fear for everyone's safety combines with his ignorance and a hair-trigger temper to keep the danger level high.Readers must have read the first book in order to understand this one, but for those in the know, Tyler/Joe/Jake is an enormously sympathetic character in fascinating, extraordinary circumstances. The swift pace will keep those already attached hooked to the end.The story is set in Great Britain, and a modicum of familiarity with their justice system is helpful, though not totally necessary. Framing the typical adolescent search for identity within the travails of a threatened witness—who may well be lying about various parts of his story orwho may just be confused—makes for a high-octane survival tale. (Adventure.YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847803788
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/26/2012
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.19 (w) x 7.69 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author


Keren David was brought up in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire and went to school in Hatfield. She left school at 18 and got a job as a messenger girl on a newspaper. She was freelancing as a reporter on the old Fleet Street by her mid-twenties and, after living and working in Scotland for two years, was appointed as a news editor on the Independent at the age of 27.

She and her family then went to live in Amsterdam for eight years where she was editor in chief of a photo-journalism agency. On returning to the UK in 2007 she decided to attend a course on writing for children at the City University. When I Was Joe started out as a project for that course. She lives in London with her husband and two children.

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