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Other Brother (2012)

by Simon French

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The story of a bullies follower. An awkward look at the relationships that children have at school. Guilt. ( )
  Breony | May 21, 2017 |
Eleven year old Kieran's easy world is challenged by the arrival of his cousin Bon. Neglected bu his mother, who has problems of her own, Bon is taken in by his and Kieran's grandmother and attends Kieran's school. More concerned about keeping in with the cool guys, Kieran participates in the bullying and isolation of Bon who he sees as ruining everything for him.
Simon French has masterfully captured the friendships, interactions, problem solving, tensions and challenges that occupy young people on the brink of adolescence. Set in an Australian country town, young readers will easily identify with the everyday as well as the playing out of interactions with family and friends.
The characters are strongly described and insightfully represented; the story line is engaging and strong and immerses the reader from the start. Just as in life, not everything is resolved at the end, but the conclusion is satisfying.
Other Brother is among the Australian Children's Book of the Year short-list for 2012 and deservedly so.
As a teacher-librarian I recommend this book for Year 6 upwards. ( )
  lesleygrant | Jun 28, 2013 |
I loved this book. The two central characters, Kieran and Bon, were exquisitely crafted - very believeable. Kieran is happy living with his family until Bon, his cousin, arrives. It is clear that Bon is different and I enjoyed the slow development of the relationship between them. Both boys go on a journey and both find things they never expected. There is a twist at the end that actually made me gasp out loud, and then get a little teary. I will probably read some of French's back catalogue on the strength of this book. Recommended for ages 12 and up ( )
  sueo23 | Oct 8, 2012 |
When Kieran’s cousin turns up unexpectedly to live with their Grandmother, Kieran is not happy. Kieran is trying to fit in with the cool kids and Bon is a bit odd so his presence is unwelcome. When the cool kids start bullying Bon, Kieran has some hard decisions to make.
Despite dealing with a number of issues – bullying, fitting in, child abduction, this book is an enjoyable read suitable for children aged 10 and up who enjoy books that make them think. ( )
  RefPenny | Jun 4, 2012 |
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Kieran wants to be part of the cool group at school. He wants to be on the football team. He wants to fit in. But his cousin Bon is different. Different from any kid Kieran has ever met. And he's ruining things for him. Why can't Bon just go away? -- Cover.… (more)

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