Author(s): Nikki Sheehan
Wake up. Wake up, Boy.
I’m bored.Time passes slowly in here, just you and me. It must be lunchtime.He will let us out soon.
The kennel has been JC's and his dog Boy’s home, ever since JC’s new foster father locked them inside.
They share food and water when they can get it, play, and talk. JC tells Boy about how he came to his country and his life in Haiti beforehand: his family; the orphanage; the hurricane that swept everything away. That's when his adoptive mother Melanie rescued him and brought him to America.
Life was beginning to look good again until JC did something bad, something that upset his new father so much that he and Boy were banished to the kennel. But as his adoptive father gets sicker, JC and Boy realize they have to find a way out. And so begins a stunning story of a boy, a dog, and their journey to freedom.
"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' Financial Times on Swan Boy
Nikki Sheehan is a freelance journalist and a mentor at Little Green Pig, helping young people to be creative with words. Her previous book, Swan Boy, was nominated for the Carnegie Medal. She has three children and lives in Brighton.