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By Kevin Brooks

This can be the winner of the 2014 Cilip Carnegie Medal. Room meets Lord of the Flies, The Bunker Diary is award-winning, younger grownup author Kevin Brooks' pulse-pounding exploration of what occurs whilst your worst nightmare comes precise - and the way will you live to tell the tale? i cannot think I fell for it. It was once nonetheless darkish whilst I awakened this morning. once my eyes opened I knew the place i used to be. A low-ceilinged oblong development made completely of whitewashed concrete. There are six little rooms alongside the most hall. There are not any home windows. No doorways. The carry is the single approach in or out. what is he going to do to me? What am I going to do? If i am correct, the raise will come down in 5 mins. It did. purely this time it wasn't empty...Praise for The Bunker Diary: "[Kevin Brooks'] pacey plots ...have made him a cult between teenagers. This, notwithstanding, is the massive one. it's going to be learn by means of everyone". (Amanda Craig, The Times). Kevin Brooks has received the Branford Boase Award and been shortlisted for the father or mother kid's Fiction Award, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, the Manchester publication Award and for the Carnegie Medal (for Martyn Pig, street of the lifeless and Black Rabbit Summer). Kevin Brooks was once born in Exeter and studied in Birmingham and London. He had a diversified operating existence, with jobs in a crematorium, a zoo, a storage and a submit place of work, ahead of - fortunately - giving all of it as much as write books. Kevin is the writer of Being, Black Rabbit summer time, Killing God (published as sunrise within the USA), iBoy and bare for Penguin. He now lives in North Yorkshire. in case you loved The Bunker Diary and wish to get within extra of your favorite books, then try out spinebreakers.co.uk for particular writer interviews, competitions and lots more and plenty extra.

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She sniffed and nodded. “Are you harm? ” She shook her head. “My tummy feels humorous. ” “Did he positioned a material over your mouth? ” She nodded back. “What approximately your knee? ” “I knocked it. It’s alright. ” “Did he …? ” “What? ” “Did he …? ” I coughed to hide my embarrassment. “Did he contact you or whatever? ” “No. ” She wiped her nostril. “Where is he? ” “I don’t recognize. Upstairs someplace. ” “What’s upstairs? ” “I don’t understand. ” “Who is he? ” “I don’t comprehend. ” “What’s he referred to as? ” “I don’t understand. ” “Is he coming down the following? ” “I don’t imagine so. ” She seemed round. “What is that this position? Do you reside the following? ” “No, the fellow introduced me right here. ” “What for? ” “I don’t understand. ” Don’t comprehend, don’t recognize, don’t comprehend … not likely the main comforting solutions on this planet, yet a minimum of she wasn’t crying to any extent further. Her respiring was once starting to increase too. I requested her the place she lived. “1 Harvey Close,” she stated. I smiled. “Where? What city? ” “Moulton. ” “Moulton in Essex? ” “Yes. ” I nodded, then nodded back, attempting to think about anything else to claim. I’m no longer that strong at small speak. I don’t be aware of what you’re presupposed to say to nine-year-old women. I acknowledged, “What time used to be it while the policeman stopped you? ” “About part previous seven. ” “Isn’t bit early for college? ” “We have been occurring a visit to the nucular energy station. ” “Nuclear. ” “What? “Nothing. Is that why you’re no longer donning institution uniform, since you have been occurring a college journey? ” “Uh-huh. ” She was once donning a bit crimson jacket, a T-shirt, denims, and running shoes. there has been an image of a tiger on her T-shirt. “What’s your identify? ” she requested me. “Linus. ” “What? ” “Linus,” I repeated, as I quite often need to. “Lye-nus. ” “That’s a humorous identify. ” I smiled. “Yeah, i do know. ” “Is there something to devour, Lye-nus? ” “Not in the interim. ” I regarded down on the running shoes on her ft. Newish yet reasonable. Stuck-on stripes. Frayed laces. I acknowledged, “What do your ma and pa do, Jenny? ” “Why? ” “I was once simply thinking about, that’s all. ” She pulled at a few knots in her hair. “Dad works at Costco. He doesn’t love it a lot. ” “What approximately your mum? ” She shrugged. “She’s my mum. ” “Does she paintings? ” She shook her head. “Nuh-uh. ” “You’re no longer wealthy, then? ” Her face creased right into a frown. “Rich? ” “Forget it. right here. ” I handed her my hooded jacket. The room wasn’t chilly, yet she used to be commencing to shiver back and her face was once relatively faded. “Put it on, it’ll retain you hot. ” So, no kidnapping then. now not for the money besides. He’s unlikely to get a lot of a ransom from a man who works at Costco, is he? And along with, if he understands who i'm, why hassle kidnapping someone else? I suggest, you don’t rob a financial institution after which cease at the manner out to wreck right into a bubblegum computer, do you? no longer except you’re an fool. There’s no aspect. No cause. No kidnap. this means that … What? i need to get out of right here, that’s what it skill. we need to get out of the following. the difficulty is, I can’t see how. every little thing is strong concrete. The partitions, the ground, the ceiling. the single method out is the carry. yet that’s hopeless. while the elevate comes down the door remains open.

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