Born Scared

Born Scared

by Kevin Brooks

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Overview

Elliot has lived his first thirteen years confined to his home, incapacitated by fear. Now he’s out of pills, snow is falling, and his only safe person is missing. A terrifying thriller from Carnegie Medalist Kevin Brooks.

From the moment of his birth, Elliot’s life has been governed by fear of almost everything, even of his own fear — a beast that holds him prisoner in his room. The beast is kept at bay, though not eliminated, with a daily regimen of pills. But on Christmas Eve, a mix-up at the pharmacy threatens to unleash the beast full force, and his mother must venture out in a raging snowstorm to a store that should be only minutes away. Hours later, when she still hasn’t returned, Elliot sees no choice but to push through his terror, leave the house, and hunt for her. What happens if the last of his medication wears off and the beast starts scratching at the doors of his mind? Everyone has a breaking point — will Elliot come to his? With plot twists and turns that keep readers on the edge of their seats, multi-award-winning author Kevin Brooks offers a high-suspense exploration of fear and what it means to truly be afraid.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763695651
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 09/11/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 794,891
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kevin Brooks is a critically acclaimed young adult novelist who has worked at many jobs, including as a crematorium assistant, a refreshments vendor at the London Zoo, and a civil servant. His first book, Martyn Pig, was short-listed for the Carnegie Medal and won a Branford Boase Award for best debut novel. It was also named a Publishers Weekly “Flying Start” selection and a YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults selection. His most recent novel, The Bunker Diary, won the Carnegie Medal. Kevin Brooks lives in Essex, England.

Date of Birth:

March 30, 1959

Place of Birth:

Exeter, Devon, England

Education:

B.A. in Cultural Studies, Aston University, 1983

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