by Matt Dickinson
Liam loves visiting the local pet shop and is desperate to have his own snake. Then one day, Mr Nash, the owner of the shop, disappears.
What has happened to Mr Nash? And how far will Liam go to get what he wants?
The message at the heart of Snake is ‘pick your friends with care’. All the bad things that happen in the story happen because the protagonist goes along with his dodgy mate’s ideas. He blows his chances because he is in awe – and possibly a bit frightened of – the idiot who takes charge of the situation.
Matt Dickinson, author of Snake
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:
Why is it so hard to say ‘no’ to some people?
Have you ever felt that you had ‘no choice’? Looking back, was this really the case?
How important is honesty in a relationship?
Have you ever had to stick up for something you believe in? How did you feel? Were you glad you did?
What would your dream apprenticeship or job be? What could you do to help achieve that dream?
Themes in the book
Readers could be encouraged to discuss and reflect on the following themes:
signing on and looking for work
coping with stress
standing up for yourself and your beliefs
truth and honesty in relationships
the importance of family
choice and personal responsibility
About the author
Matt Dickinson writes for both adults and teenagers. His books for adults include the thrillers Black Ice and High Risk, as well as a bestselling account of his ascent of Mount Everest’s deadly North Face, The Death Zone. For young adults, he has written an action-packed series called Mortal Chaos, and the stand-alone thriller Lie, Kill, Walk Away.
As a film-maker, Matt has worked extensively for National Geographic Television, the Discovery Channel and the BBC. He is one of very few people to have ever filmed on the summit of Mount Everest.