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As I walked in, the noise stopped - everyone was staring at me. I looked down to check my flies and to make sure half my breakfast wasn't down my shirt. It wasn't that. What was going on?

'They know,' I suddenly thought. 'They know I saw that fight and didn't tell anyone. They know some woman's dead because of me.'

Michael sees a man and woman fighting by a canal. The next day a woman's body is found in the water. Now police are appealing for witnesses.

If only he'd told someone at the time. But he'd tried, hadn't he?







The guilt gets worse when Michael discovers the dead woman is the cousin of a girl in his class - a girl he really likes called Shamila. Can he help Shamila find out what happened to her cousin, while still keeping quiet about what he saw?

 Keeping Quiet is suitable for Age 11+


Issues in the book include crime, dyspraxia and sibling rivalry.


 ISBN 1-84270-455-9  5.99


Tautly plotted, exciting and very convincing.


by Jeremy, age 12, Hampshire

I am writing to say that I thoroughly enjoyed "KEEPING QUIET" and can't wait for the next book. I found the book very realistic and true to life, yet thrilling and slightly scary. I couldn't put it down. You should try writing a sequel maybe when Mike is older and (probably ) a professional detective.


This is a tense and moving page-turner of a book with an edgy plot, a great cast of characters and a salutary lesson in the unfairness of life   


by Joanna, age 11, Barnet

I found the book spellbinding and couldn't stop reading it the moment i picked it up, I started reading it at about 5:30pm and finished at 8:35pm, when i came to write this review. The book is all about a boy called Michael who witnesses two people fighting on the bank of a canal and then hears that the cousin of a girl in his class has been murdered and thrown into the canal, at the very same place where he saw the two people fighting. He knows that he should tell the police about what he saw but finds it too hard to pluck up the courage to do it, because he feels guilty he is determined to solve the mystery and find out who it was that murdered the woman. He tries and tries to get leads but mostly comes up with nothing, eventually he thinks he has a theory but is too scared to tell the police and doesn't know what to do. I am not going to say anything about the ending as i would not want to spoil it for other readers. Like Penny Kendal's other books, The Weekend Ghost, Christina's Face and Broken this tale is gripping and you will not be able to put it down. I would imagine it to be suitable for anyone 11 or over and i rate it ten out of ten.


It's a really exciting book...I'd recommend the book to anyone, and it has kept me gripped through half term to see what happened next.

Steven, Age 11, West Cumbria News and Star


A review by Sarah, Craigmont High, Scotland (Teen Titles)

This was a really good story. I felt sorry for Michael and I could sympathise with the situation he found himself in. It was particularly weird for him when he discovered that the girl he fancied was connected to the woman who was found dead. The author chose to write the story in the first person and I liked this - I felt I could really identify with Michael.


The first person voice of Michael is convincing in this untaxing, readable teenage novel. the heart is an unflinching account of the confliciting ties and uncertain path that teenagers face when trying to make important decisions independently for the first time.


A review by Matt, Craigmont High, Scotland (Teen Titles)

This was an interesting, mysterious book with a plausible storyline. You never really knew what was happening because Michael would say one thing and then he would doubt himself and ask, 'Is it?' I thought the fact that he didn't tell his parents about something right away could happen to any teenager.


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