Inventing Elliot by Graham Gardner

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When Elliot Sutton arrives at Holminster High, he is determined not to stand out. He simply can’t let himself become a target like he was at his last school. He’s going to invent a whole new Elliot. The new Elliot is tough, impenetrable. The new Elliot shows no fear.

Enter the Guardians, a group of upperclassmen who secretly rule over Holminster with a quiet and anonymous terror. Obsessed with George Orwell’s book 1984, they desire power for the sake of power. And strangely enough, they also want Elliot. Not to terrorize . . . but to become one of them.

Gripping in its psychological understanding, this unflinching novel takes you deep into the mind of a boy who is coming to understand the nature of absolute power and its inevitable casualties, and also finding a bit of his own strength along the way.


About Graham Gardner

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GRAHAM GARDNER is an academic researcher and author, specializing in social and political geography, at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Prior to this he has had many jobs, including shop assistant, civil servant, research officer, waiter, and factory worker. He is also a keen musician, playing rock and classical piano. He is the second eldest of ten children, and was born and brought up in Worcestershire. He divides his time between his flat in Aberystwyth and his parents' house in the Malvern Hills. INVENTING ELLIOT is his first novel.
Published January 1, 2003 by Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Pu. 192 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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At school, Elliot’s fear guides him throughout each day, until he makes all the correct moves to be invited to join the organized and hidden power mongers called the Guardians.

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Inventing Elliot by Graham Gardner 192pp, Orion, £4.99 There's an awful lot of glitter and razzle-dazzle around in children's books these days.

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Elliot arrives at the school with numerous strikes against him: his father is clinically depressed, his mother works at two menial jobs to keep them in their ramshackle apartment, his uniform is second-hand, and Elliot himself is trying to work his way out of his role as perpetual victim at his p...

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The Book Report NetworkSign up for our newsletters!In Graham Gardner's debut novel, fourteen-year old Elliot Sutton is determined to reinvent himself when he starts the academic year at his new school, Holminster High.Elliot was picked on and beaten up by bullies at his old school.

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