One Shot by Lena Semaan

One Shot

Lena Semaan

Dan has got his life together. He’s training as a plumber and he’s the star of his local boxing club. But his life hasn’t always been so good.

When Dan is given the chance to get revenge on his abusive dad, will he take it? After all, he’ll only get one shot. Can he make it count?

‘One Shot is a decent book. I like it being about boxing. I could relate to the main character Dan a lot’


Prisoner, HMP Channings Wood


ISBN: 9781908713049

Look Inside

Read the first two chapters:

What do you think?

The book includes ‘What do you think?’ questions that will help readers to better empathize with the characters of the story and questions that encourage personal reflection, such as:

  • How has joining the boxing club made a difference to Dan’s life?

  • Why does Dan’s mum defend his dad when he beats her up? Is she right to say it’s her own fault?

  • Casey says to Dan, ‘You’re all bottled up. Sometimes I worry that you’re going to explode.’ Do you ever feel like this? What is the best way to cope if you do?

  • How would you describe the difference between justice and revenge?

  • What would your boxing name and theme tune be?

Themes in the book

Readers could be encouraged to discuss and reflect on the following themes:

  • managing anger

  • coping with being insulted

  • revenge

  • living in an abusive home and dealing with an abusive past

  • family life and responsibilities

  • building positive relationships

  • choice and personal responsibility

About the author

Lena Semaan has been a professional writer, journalist and author for over twenty-five years. She has worked for Penguin and ghost-written several books for Random House, working with public figures including Jacqueline Gold, John Bird and Noel Edmonds.