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Boys don't cry

Boys don't cry

Blackman, Malorie, author

You're about to receive your A-level results & then a future of university & journalism awaits. But the day they're due to arrive your old girlfriend turns up unexpectedly - with a baby. Your baby. You agree to look after it, just for an hour or two. Then she doesn't come back - and your life changes forever

Paperback, Book. English. Teenage Fiction. Young adult fiction. Fiction 13+. General.
Published London: Corgi, 2011
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Statement of responsibility: Malorie Blackman
ISBN: 0552548626, 9780552548625
Intended audience: Adolescent.
Note: Originally published: London: Doubleday, 2010.
Physical Description: 301 pages ; 20 cm
Subject: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender.; LGBT; Teenage fathers Fiction.; Single parents Fiction.

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 4.2
Interest Level: UY
Points: 10
Quiz Number: 219778

Author note

MALORIE BLACKMANhas written over sixty books and is acknowledged as one of today's most imaginative and convincing writers for young readers. She has been awarded numerous prizes for her work, including the Red House Children's Book Award and the Fantastic Fiction Award. Malorie has also been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. In 2005 she was honoured with the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her contribution to children's books, and in 2008 she received an OBE for her services to children's literature. She has been described byThe Timesas 'a national treasure'. Malorie Blackman was the Children's Laureate 2013-15.


"An extraordinary book, and truly is Malorie Blackman at her best"
Guardian||"Blackman's emotional intelligence is such thatBoys Don't Cryshould be read aloud in every secondary school"
The Times||"Her writing at its best, creating characters and a story which, once read, will not easily go away"
Independent||"Blackman grapples with contemporary issues without ever letting them overwhelm the story and characterisation. A winner"
Financial Times||"This is an adroit investigation of family relations, very clearly portrayed"
Daily Telegraph

Back cover copy

'So what am I supposed to do?'

'You take a deep breath, you grow up and you man up. You have a daughter now . . .'

You've got it all planned out. A summer of freedom, university, a career as a journalist - your future looks bright.
But then the doorbell rings. It's your ex-girlfriend, and she's carrying a baby.
Your baby.
You agree to look after it, just for an hour or two.
Then she doesn't come back - and your life changes for ever.

A gripping and original story about love, relationships and growing up the hard way.