Teens' Book of the Month: Caged
Book: Caged by Theresa Breslin | Age Category: 12+
Caged opens in an abandoned tunnel beneath the city of London, where a group of teenagers train as cage fighters. It’s not an easy life, but for Kai, Raven and the others, it provides a sanctuary. Used to living rough, they now have a safe place to call home, and their fights are broadcast online to publicise the growing numbers of kids on the streets. But as the final fight approaches, a stranger appears in their midst and this fragile haven begins to unravel around them.
This is an original and gripping young adult novel from Theresa Breslin, capturing the bonds of friendship formed between these teenagers, brought together in their search for a way to survive and share their story.
We have 5 copies of Caged to be won! To be in with a chance of winning one, just answer this question:
Where does the cage fighting take place?
Send your answer to Sarah Mallon at firstname.lastname@example.org. The competition closes on Friday 30 September at 5pm.
Q&A with Theresa Breslin
What inspired you to write a novel about cage fighting?
I find it heart-breaking to see an increasing number of young folk living rough on our city streets. After watching a TV documentary about the old London Underground and reading about teen cage fighters it all melded into the book I desperately wanted to write.
What books did you enjoy reading as a teenager?
Herewith a very small selection....
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain, The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci by Irma A. Richter, Private Angelo by Eric Linklater, Catch 22 by Joseph Heller, By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart, The Ballad of the Sad Café by Carson McCullers.
Plus a plethora of poets: Norman MacCaig, Emily Dickinson, George MacKay Brown, T.S. Eliot.
Beware! This is not a happy-clappy teen booklist! ;- )
What tips would you give to aspiring young writers?
For ONE WEEK ONLY do the following:
1. For ten minutes each day, read whatever you want and some of what you don’t want. Make one-word notes of your likes and dislikes.
2. Text yourself four times per day with any random observation or about something that has seriously annoyed you.
3. Gather Number 1 and Number 2 together and have a right good think about it all!
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