Mandy B

Mandy B is a young adult novel about real kids and the real issues they face growing up. It is a right of passage story in the vein of Stephen King's 'The Body' filmed as 'Stand By Me' or 'To Sir With Love'. It gets kids away from the plethora of fantasy novels prevalent at the moment and is the first in a planned series of books involving Chris Clarke and his pals. Sometimes you don't have to look, trouble just finds you. It is Chris's fourteenth year and when schois pals. Sometimes you don't have to look, trouble just finds you. It is Chris's fourteenth year and when school start that term it begins a year like no other. He encounters Mandy, a girl whose troubled life will come to be entangled in his own and meets a new teacher, Miss Harris. Through class interaction he learns that adults can and do struggle in the real world, and through her difficulties she and Chris become close. By standing up and being his principled self, Chris comes into conflict with Mandy's thug of a boyfriend and as a consequence gets in trouble at school, risking expulsion to save an accidentally inebriated Miss Harris her job. All the while, his sister Janey, mum and dad and mates Watty, Spooner and Danny are the axle his wheel revolves around, until that is, the wheel comes off, with devastating consequences. It is funny, they are young boys and they do what young boys do, but Chris is suddenly faced with predicaments that few adults would wish to encounter. Told in the first person, Chris's introspections move the story and given a personal insight into the revelations of a boy, his hopes and insecurities, as the world beats an angry path to his door. read more