Lucas by Kevin Brooks

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The Discover program has long been the domain of great literature for adults, but over the years, we've frequently seen our favorite titles go on to gain an audience among teen or young-adult readers. Examples abound, but a few recent choices include The Lovely Bones, Girl with a Pearl Earring, and Confessions of a Shopaholic.

With this trend in mind, we're proud to introduce our first Teen Discover selection, Lucas. Our Teen Discover titles will be chosen with the same commitment to literary excellence as our adult books. And our Teen Discover picks must qualify on an additional level: They must be great reads for both teenagers and adults.

That being said, we're delighted to highlight Lucas, the dramatic story of a young woman's encounter with the ugly side of humanity and her struggle to defeat it. British novelist Melvin Brooks's masterpiece is set on the island community of Hale over one summer, as 15-year-old Caitlin McCann realizes her small world is changing. Her brother is acting strangely, hanging out with the neighborhood reprobates and getting drunk, and her best friend follows his lead. To make matters worse, the son of an influential local has begun making lewd advances. And Caitlin feels she has no one in whom to confide: Her mother died in a car accident years ago, and her father, though loving and supportive, is a writer who spends much of his time holed up in his study.

It's in this confusing context that Caitlin encounters Lucas, a lean, blond, blue-eyed stranger who mysteriously appears on the island. Caitlin feels drawn to him, but the other local kids are not: they call him a gypsy, and even throw rocks at him. Before long, Lucas is accused of a crime he did not commit, and Caitlin finds herself in a moral quandary.

Lucas is filled with the kind of pain, love, and anguish that teenage readers adore. And Caitlin's quest to find her place in the world and to determine what's right is a struggle to which every teenager will relate. Why not start your own parent/teen book club with Lucas? Neither of you will be disappointed. (Summer 2003 Selection)


About Kevin Brooks

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Kevin Brooks is the groundbreaking author of the internationally acclaimed novels DAWN; BLACK RABBIT SUMMER; BEING; THE ROAD OF THE DEAD, a Mystery Writers of America "Edgar" nominee; CANDY; KISSING THE RAIN; LUCAS; and MARTYN PIG, which received England's Branford Boase Award for Best First Novel. Brooks lives in Yorkshire, England.
Published January 1, 2003 by Chicken House. 360 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Romance. Fiction

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Kirkus Reviews

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In this bleak, ambitious story, tragedy ensues following the arrival on an English island of a wandering stranger named Lucas.

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The Guardian

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It's the sort of novel that prize-awarding juries like, but which will also appeal to readers: a book that not only keeps you turning the pages, but also has you wondering and questioning your first judgments of people and their relationships to one another long after you've come to the end of th...

Jan 11 2003 | Read Full Review of Lucas

Publishers Weekly

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Although the novel can be read on one level as an unfolding, tender relationship made all the more poignant by the mob violence that surrounds it, sensitive readers may grow to suspect that Lucas may be something more than just a boy wanderer.

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Publishers Weekly

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A 15-year-old girl befriends a rootless teen who mysteriously arrives on her island off the English coast and who the islanders suspect may be behind a sexual assault.

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BC Books

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On Coming Clean, the back up band includes the all star cast of Ernie Brooks (Modern Lovers) on bass, Billy Ficca (Television) and Jonathan Kane (Swans) on drums, Jason Candler (Hungry March Band) on alto sax, Joe Hendel on trombone, and Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads) on keyboards.

Dec 14 2006 | Read Full Review of Lucas


McPherson is an indie author at heart who creates magic through her words.

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The Bookbag

Summary: A stunning book with a realistic setting and a tiny dose of spiritual fantasy, Lucas will stay with you for a long time after you've finished reading.

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Teen Reads

As Caitlin shows that the only way to make sense of tragic happenings is to sometimes look back, think about them and write them down, we as readers want to shake the ignorant island residents and cheer for Lucas and Caitlin's relationship.

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