Terror Kid by Benjamin Zephaniah

21415124How did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

Genre: Contemporary

Synopsis: Rico knows trouble. He knows the look of it and the sound of it. He also knows to stay away from it as best as he can. Because if there’s one thing his Romany background has taught him, it’s that he will always be a suspect.

Despite his best efforts to stay on the right side of the law, Rico is angry and frustrated at the injustices he sees happening at home and around the world. He wants to do something – but what? When he is approached by Speech, a mysterious man who shares Rico’s hacktivist interests, Rico is given the perfect opportunity to speak out about injustice. After all, what harm can a peaceful cyber protest do…

From the bestselling author of REFUGEE BOY comes a powerful novel about justice, trust and idealism gone wrong that will make you look again at your definition of a terrorist.

200words (or less) review: Terror Kid is a short and fast-paced story, on the one hand this works brilliantly because you’re pulled into Rico’s world from the very first page and you want to read the book in one sitting.

How Rico is treated in those first couple of chapters, the “wrong place, wrong time” is part of why later on in the book Rico does what he does. Rico is a little naïve but the injustices he sees and experiences are big part to what lead him helping to Speech.

I do wish Terror Kid could have been longer. While the pacing keeps you reading there wasn’t enough time to get to know the characters as closely as I would have liked.

Terror Kid is a great talking book. There is so much contained within those 200 pages for discussion amongst any age group. I hope this gets picked up in schools and book-clubs across the country.

Recommend it?

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