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The kissing game: stories of defiance and flash fictions

The kissing game: stories of defiance and flash fictions

Chambers, Aidan

This is a collection of stories, or little 'cells', complete in themselves but connected by the overarching themes of betrayal and revenge. All featuring teenagers and often with an unexpected twist, these frighteningly realistic stories will take you to the very edge and beyond

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London: Definitions, 2012
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Statement of responsibility: Aidan Chambers
ISBN: 1849413479, 9781849413473
Intended audience: Adolescent.
Note: Originally published: London: Bodley Head, 2011.
Physical Description: 211 p. ; 20 cm.
Subject: General.; Fiction 13+.; Revenge Fiction.; Young adult fiction, English.; Betrayal Fiction.

Author note

Aidan Chambers lives in Gloucestershire with his American wife, Nancy, who is the editor of Signal magazine. He divides his time between his own writing and lecturing which he does extensively in Australia, the USA and Europe. His provocative and challenging novels for teenagers and young adults have won him international acclaim.


"Here's a rare treat. There is care and quality in all his books, andThe Kissing Gameis a smart, challenging collection that teenagers may find themselves reluctant to leave"
Guardian||"Short stories are the perfect vehicle to capture the intensity of emotion experienced by teenagers on the brink of adulthood and there couldn't be a more rewarding and contemporary volume than this . . . Provocative and beautifully written, this little book packs a hefty punch"
Daily Mail||"Chambers has never lost that adolescent vulnerability and openness [so] that, now in his seventies, he still writes stories in which reflective adolescents will surely discover themselves . . . Five stars"
Books For Keeps||"Aidan Chambers offers thought-provoking short stories for older readers inThe Kissing Game. Playful or intriguing, each provides food for thought as he explores the nature of betrayal and revenge - wonderful stuff"
The Bookseller||"Classy, thought-provoking, witty and always provocative"
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Prepare to be amazed, enchanted and to gasp with shock.
Delve into these Stories of Defiance - moments in life, realizations, insights and sudden revelations.
Absorb yourself in flash fictions - very short but complete stories that reveal, as in a flash of light, a moment of awkward truth in the life of their characters.
'Provocative and beautifully written, this little book packs a hefty punch'

Daily Mail