|25th April 2019|
320pp . £7.99
Age Range: 11+
By the same author:
9781846883958 . 320pp . £7.99
SLICK by M.M. VAUGHAN.
* A fresh, funny and heartfelt story about what it means to be human
Eric Young is the first child android to be trialled in society, but he doesn't know that. He does know that he s just moved to Ashland from London, so it s important that he makes new friends. Not just any friends, but the right kind the kind that would be interested in skateboarding and the new Slick trainers his Uncle Martin sends him. He's already growing his social media presence, but he knows it s important to make friends in the real world too.
Danny Lazio doesn't have any friends, but he doesn't care about that. He would rather not be friends with someone like Eric, who's had seemingly everything handed to him. But when Eric takes an interest in Land X, Danny's favourite game, Danny thinks he might have found a real friend... if he can figure out the mystery behind Eric s sudden disappearances and strange lifestyle. As their friendship grows, it becomes harder to ignore the weird events that happen around Eric, from weekly dentist appointments to inexplicable medical mishaps. But uncovering the truth is an act that might cost them both, as powerful forces soon move in around them.
About the author: The daughter of South American parents, Monica Meira Vaughan grew up in Spain before moving to London at the age of five where she learnt English by watching Sesame Street and reading every Roald Dahl book she could get her hands on. On leaving school, and after a brief stint in public relations, Monica decided to train as a primary school teacher. She spent over ten years working in special needs, mostly with children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, before becoming a full time writer. Monica loves writing after midnight, building cardboard cities and playing Lego with her daughter. She lives in London with her daughter and their cat "Toto From Kansas".
- Alma Publicity
DEAR PERSON READING THIS,
My name is Danny, and I need your help.
- First Sentence
"I'll bring over that case of beer next week," he said to Vito as Vito opened the door for him to leave, Slick's bags in one hand, the other holding up Slick's body on his shoulder.
"OK. I know I've had like ten minutes' sleep, so maybe I'm not reading this right, but was that as freaky as I think it was?
- Memorable Moment; Page 158
SOURCE ... Received with thanks from Alma Books
READ FOR A CHALLENGE? ... No.
MY THOUGHTS ... Whilst I do keep some of them alas 'too many books not enough space' mean that I do find myself donating some books amongst which, begging to be read by younger readers than myself, are quite a lot of 'middle-grade' reads of which Slick is one. However too good a read not to keep this is definitely one for our shelves which is doubly surprising when you consider sci-fi isn't necessarily my 'cup of tea' ... but then this isn't necessarily what I'd define as sci-fi.
I'm always delighted to come across any book that I know will be enjoyed by young readers but given that boys tend to read less than girls my heart sings when I come across a book that I know will not only appeal to them but will be greatly enjoyed by them (as well as of course girls).
'Fresh, funny, a heartfelt story about what it means to be human' according to the blurb sent by the publisher, Slick is all of this and so, so much more.
A phenomenal story that captivated me from the off, Danny and Eric (nickname Slick) characters that stole my heart; Danny's little sister Hope (a child with Downs Syndrome) a lovely addition ... the fact that she comes to play a crucial role admirable in that it defies a stereotype.
In many ways its a timeless tale of friendship; of what it is to find someone you truly connect with only to find you don't really know them at all, of fitting in, of what its like to be bullied because you don't wear the right brands/hang out with the 'cool' kids, of the pain of loosing someone you care for and yet its given a terrific modern spin that today's young people will relate to.