Title: Terror Kid
Author: Benjamin Zephaniah
Page Count/Review Word Count: 202
The last few Zephaniah books that I’ve read have been a little bit hit and miss, but with Terror Kid (which was published last year and is his most recent work at the time of writing), he’s definitely back on track. True to form, it takes a look at our struggling society and highlights some of the issues that Zephaniah clearly feels passionate about.
The story-line follows a teenage boy with a gift for computers, who unwittingly gets drawn into a terrorist plot in which nine people lose their lives. As usual, I’m not going to go into too much detail because I don’t want to spoil it for you, and I do think that if you’re looking for somewhere to start with Benjamin’s work then this is as good a place as any.
It’ll resonate particularly strongly with teenagers and young adults – after all, it’s their plight that’s being captured here. I can’t say I’m speaking from experience, but I’m guessing that if you have some sort of ethnic background then you might be able to relate to that, too. Try it!