Kid Alone

Simon Mason (Author)


Meet Garvie Smith. Good-for-nothing scoundrel, genius, and sometime detective. Right in the middle of exams hell -- until now.A boy from Marsh Academy has been shot, with no clear motive and no clues. Disgraced police detective Raminder Singh is on the case, and he's determined to keep Garvie away.But Garvie knows he's the only one who has any idea where to look for the answers. Starting with his best friend's girlfriend. And it's going to take more than pointless studying or flunking his tests to stop him getting involved.Exams. What exams?

Product Details

David Fickling Books
Publish Date
October 31, 2017
5.6 X 1.5 X 8.3 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

Simon Mason has written both children's and adult books. His first adult novel, a black comedy entitled The Great English Nude, won a Betty Trask Award, and a book for children, Moon Pie, was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in the United Kingdom. Running Girl was the first in a new series starring Garvie Smith. Simon lives in Oxford, England, with his wife and their two children.


Praise for Running Girl:
Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award
Highly entertaining... seamlessly melding British teen drama with a believable and suspenseful plot full of well-executed twists. -- Publishers Weekly
Well-written and smoothly paced... Garvie is exceptionally well drawn... This hip urban revamp of the mystery genre will win over strong readers, especially those looking for diverse genre fiction. -- School Library Journal
If you love figuring out clues to challenging puzzles, you will love this book... Gone Girl meets Paper Towns. -- Reviews Coming at YA (online)
Readers will like Garvie's quirkiness and ingenuity, and will be impressed with his detective skills. -- Voice of Youth Advocates
[A] satisfying whodunit. -- Kirkus Reviews
It's got BBC TV adaptation written all over it. -- The Times (UK)
There's never been a school-age sleuth quite like the excellent Garvie Smith. -- Guardian (UK)
An engrossing detective story... tautly written, extremely pacy. -- Telegraph (UK)
Sassily written... Compelling. -- Sunday Times (UK)