Matthew »Spider« Trent is seventeen, long, lean, and lanky, and has just been voted Number Ten on a teen magazine’s list. Now it is time for a new challenge – such as the big piano competition. But has he got what it takes? And does he really want to spend his future as a great pianist? These are questions that neither his two best buddies nor his secretly adored Moana can answer for him. In a stream-of-consciousness-like authentic first person narrative, the teenage hero pours out his heart. The insight which William Taylor gives his readers into the world of music, the description of the strong mother-son relationship, and his unusually open approach to the sex industry, makes this a thoughtprovoking yet funny coming of age novel. (14+)
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In his sixth form year, Matthew 'Spider' Trent must make decisions regarding his future. Having grown up without a father or other male role models he can only turn to the women who have played an important role in his life: his mother and his piano teacher. The opportunity to enter a piano competition gives him a focus and provides the direction he needs. Suggested level: secondary.… (more)