Snapshot

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Robert Swindells
Barrington Stoke
184299347X
Oct 2005
Click. Victor takes a photo of a crime. Next thing he�s being followed. Someone wants those pictures. Someone with a gun.

This combination of unambiguous plot and short snappy sentences makes for a particularly accessible read.

Set in a grey world of tower blocks, stinking lifts and rainy streets, and peopled by blokes in baseball caps and puffer jackets, it will appeal to teenage boys who get into a certain kind of hard, urban cool.

Swindells strikes a good balance in his hero Victor. He�s disaffected enough to be tough but caring enough to be likeable.

Victor narrates the story in his own words � colloquial language and slang designed to be easy to recognise and relate to. �Street language� can be hard to write, it changes rapidly and what was right one day sounds wrong the next. But for the most part Swindells succeeds.

Boys often enjoy non-fiction and relish discovering gruesome information. Victor�s accidental involvement in a world of petty crime and murder should prove exciting stuff for such readers. They will also appreciate the fact that that the story is based on a real-life drama.

Barrington Stoke books aim to entice �disenchanted and under-confident readers�. Snapshot will do just that.





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