Creepers

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An engaging and original novel about friendship, courage and loss from a writer who knows what fascinates teenagers.

Derwent Drive was known as the longest creep; twenty-five houses all in a row, no bends, no kinks. And no Creeper had ever done the lot. But Jamie and I reckoned we could do it. Jamie was the best Creeper around. And he was the best Buddie you could have.

Ever heard about “creeping” before? Probably not. Nobody really talks about...

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Overview

An engaging and original novel about friendship, courage and loss from a writer who knows what fascinates teenagers.

Derwent Drive was known as the longest creep; twenty-five houses all in a row, no bends, no kinks. And no Creeper had ever done the lot. But Jamie and I reckoned we could do it. Jamie was the best Creeper around. And he was the best Buddie you could have.

Ever heard about “creeping” before? Probably not. Nobody really talks about it. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. It does. Creeping over back fences all the way down a street without getting caught, without being hurt. It happens more than you might think. It’s probably happening somewhere tonight.

Two fourteen-year-old friends pursue the game of Creeping through the back yards of homes in their neighborhood, hoping to prove their courage and ingenuity while trying to avoid getting caught.

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A young boy discovers self-confidence and endures the loss of his best friend in Gray's uneven debut. As the story opens, the 14- year-old narrator—whom Gray never refers to by name—and his best friend, Jamie, are on a "Creep"—running and sneaking through neighbors' yards under cover of night. But when Jamie gets arrested, the protagonist is labeled a "Nambie" at school, blasted by other creepers for letting his "Buddie" get "Snared." Then a fire destroys Jamie's home, killing him. The narrator's grief and terror are dramatically conveyed; similarly, when Jamie suddenly appears at his friend's house the following evening, claiming to have escaped the fire completely, readers will feel the narrator's unbounded joy. Their only course of action seems clear, a creep to end all creeps. The thrill of victory is marred only by Jamie's absence; he really did die in the fire, of course, and now exists only in the protagonist's tormented imagination. Many readers will find the lead character's departure from reality too clumsy and contrived to accept. Despite the involving characters and setting, Gray doesn't convey the significance of creeping convincingly, thereby rendering the events of the story none too compelling.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780099475644
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Limited
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 12 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith Gray has won the Angus Book Award and the silver medal in the Smarties Prize. He has twice been shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the Booktrust Teen Prize and the Scottish Arts Council Book Award. Keith was a judge for the Blue Peter Book Award, the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Bookstrust Teen Prize and reviews regularly for the Guardian. He is now a full-time writer living in Edinburgh.

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