A tale of two very different worlds, both shattered by the loss of loved ones. Tragic, comic and full of hope, thanks to a dog called Boy.
The kennel has been JC’s home ever since his new adoptive father locked him inside. For hours on end, JC sits and tells his dog Boy how he came to this country: his family, the orphanage and the Haitian earthquake that swept everything away.
When his adoptive mother Melanie rescues him, life starts to feel normal again. Until JC does something bad, something that upset his new father so much that he and Boy are banished to the kennel. But as his new father gets sicker, JC realizes they have to find a way out. And so begins a stunning story of a boy, a dog and their journey to freedom.
'While the prose is clear and simple, it is powerful. This is a gripping read with lots of tension as the reader starts to feel the mental and physical impact of the confinement on JC.'
– School Librarian
'Because of the free verse and well-crafted suspense, reluctant readers can relish a thick(ish) book that reads quickly. The complicated plot resolves solidly, and the characters matter. JC's poignant insights will stay with thoughtful readers long after they finish the book.'
'This is an intricate story in which bits from the past and hints of the present converge on a shocking reveal. JC's hope, perseverance, and tenacity make hima relatable character... A good purchase for schools and libraries.'
– School Library Journal
‘It’s a testimony to Sheehan’s tight writing, plotting and beautifully light touch that it’s impossible not to read on as her humour seeps through the horror.’
– The Times
“With a unique voice, Nikki Sheehan creates a story that is both dark, yet filled with hope. It's one of those books that you want to re-read again and again. Stunning and unforgettable.”
– Lisa Heathfield, author of Seed and Paper Butterflies
'Goodnight, Boy is a unique book. Brilliantly conceived and beautifully constructed.'
– Brian Conaghan, winner of the 2016 Costa Children’s Book Award
'A hauntingly original and heartbreakingly beautiful novel'
– Sarah Crossan, winner of the 2016 CILIP Carnegie Medal
'Wonderful, heartfelt and beautiful . . . utterly unpredictable'
– Piers Torday on Swan Boy
‘A moving story about grief, resilience and courage’