Stone Cold by Robert Swindells

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AuthorRobert Swindells
TitleStone Cold
Book Reviews / Comments (submitted by readers)
Submitted by Alex Bailey 
(Sep 02, 2011)

This book is a gripping read and a good introduction to homelessness for young teenagers. You need to be streetwise, checking every corner, every side street, because someone might be looking for you. In this book, it has said things that have changed my opinion of homeless children, now I know what they go through on a daily basis, I feel sorry for them.
There are two narrators in this book, Link and a sick minded murderer, Shelter. Link is a helpless homeless boy who has left home because he felt he was being bullied out by his motherís boyfriend Vince, he leaves home and heads for London, in search of work, money and a better life, fortunately he meets Ginger, an experienced dosser to guide him on his way. The other character, Shelter, is an ex-army sergeant who feels it is his duty to rid the streets of Ďdossersí. He forms his army of dossers in his own London flat.
One strength in this book is the emotional highs when you really feel as though you are connected to Link. Another strength is when the book switches from Link to Shelter, I went from feeling sorry for Link to being angry. The main weakness in this book is the ending, a big build up to an action scene, then the most dull ending ever. Fast paced action to nothing, I was so disappointed.
To me the theme that stands out the most is the loneliness shared between Link and his fellow dossers. The way Link describes walking down the street and seeing all the homeless people made me feel sorry for them and makes me wonder how they survive being that lonely with no friends or family to love, not even a single person to talk to.
To conclude, I feel this book has achieved its purpose because I think it is designed for the entertainment of teenagers and it is also designed to make young teenagers realize that not all homeless people will attack them for pennies and they donít all spend it on drugs and drink. Some of them are there because they simply canít stay at home due to being abused or emotionally hurt. Overall this book is interesting to read and I would recommend it to anyone.

Submitted by Emmz  
(Sep 02, 2011)

Stone cold is a mysterious horrifying book about a 16 year old boy called Link who has lost his way in life. Have you ever wondered how dramatic and horrible it would be to be homeless? The book alternately guides us to homelessness.
Link finds his own way in life but still struggles to look after himself. Vince is links dad and the only reason why Link has gone homeless is because of Vince who doesnít like him. Links mum gets abused by Vince and Vince keeps it quite from Link.
The novel certainly has lots of homelessness in it. The book makes me feel guilty and depressed. Especially at the end when he finds out something extremely horrifying about Shelter. Could Shelter be a murderer? I was left feeling extremely frozen. The book made me want to read more.
The main theme in the book is violence. Certainly with Shelter but could he actually plan his own murders? I certainly think the book is very violent at the end with Shelter because he seems to invite strangers to his house and there would just disappear.
To conclude the book perhaps itís not for girls but defiantly for boys. For example boys are more into shooting and murder games. Over all I think the book is aimed at 13 year olds because it defiantly a true book based on real life stories.

Submitted by alice 
(Mar 22, 2011)

I liked this book. We were reading it in English and I am having to write an essay about it. I think this book shows the reality unlike other books where there is always a happy ending. Link, who is 16 and homeless, befriends Ginger, Gail and learns about living on the street. He is unaware however that there is a serial killer on the loose. The serial killer murders homeless people so Link may be in danger!
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a gripping read!

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