Friday, 27 March 2009

John Boyne: The Dare

At the start of his school holidays, Danny Delaney is looking forward to a trouble-free summer. But when his mother returns home one afternoon, flanked by two policemen, he knows that something terrible has happened. Mrs Delaney has accidentally hit a small boy with her car. The boy is in a coma at the local hospital and nobody knows if he will ever wake up. Consumed by guilt, Danny's mother closes herself off, while Danny and his father are left to pick up the pieces of their fractured family.

This is a brilliant short story or novella told from the perspective of a 12 year old boy, whose family struggles coming to terms with a tragic accident.

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