July Book of the Month

Sixteen-year old Marlon has made his mum a promise – he’ll never follow his big brother Andre down the wrong path. So far it’s been easy, but when a first date ends in tragedy, Marlon finds himself hunted. They’re after the mysterious Mr Orange and they’re going to use Marlon to get to him. Marlon’s out of choices – can he become the person he never wanted to be, to protect everyone he loves.

Told from Marlon’s perspective, Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence, is a gritty coming of age thriller, which explores the meaning of family, friendship and loyalty amidst London’s youth gang culture. A pacy read with a twisting plot – great for older teens.

A deserved winner of the Young Adult Book Prize 2017.