The Ultimate Truth: A Travis Delaney Mystery by Kevin Brooks, reviewed by Mal Peet
Brooks’s novels for older readers often centre on loss, and suggest that dealing with it is a matter of acceptance and stoicism. Thirteen is a little young for stoicism, and Travis is dependent upon the support of his family and his friends. So, as well as being fast-paced, sharp and absorbing, The Ultimate Truth is, at another level, honest.
This is the first novel in a projected series. Uncharacteristically, I’m glad of it. Travis Delaney deserves a large and appreciative following among young readers who are sceptical about the unfettered derring-do of adolescent superheroes. MAL PEET