15 Days Without A Head

15 Days Without A Head

Book - 2013
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When his alcoholic mother disappears, fifteen-year-old Laurence is determined to find her, take care of his little brother, and keep their predicament a secret, all while trying to win a luxury vacation for his mom in a radio call-in contest.
Publisher: Woodbury, Minnesota : Flux, [2013]
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780738736426
0738736422
Branch Call Number: Teen Cou
Characteristics: 302 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Fifteen days without a head

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Nov 12, 2017

15 Days Without A Head is a fairly smart book about trying to figure things out on your own. As soon as the protagonist’s mother unexpectedly vanishes with no indication that something’s going on, the protagonist slowly starts losing his mind, and the cockroach symbolism (that they can live for up to a week without a head) drills itself into your brain. Not only does he have to look for his mother, but he also has to pretend she is still alive for others.
I don’t find it to be a story for the ages, but what it does right, it does really well. 15 Days Without A Head gets a recommendation from me and a 4 out of 5.
- @RhythmDragon of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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DanceFiddler
Jul 11, 2013

A fifteen-year-old boy struggles to take care of his little brother and avoid getting taken away by the British equivalent of CPS when his alcoholic mother goes missing. He also searches for his mum. Engagingly written. The story is realistic without being overly depressing and sweet without being overly sentimental. I had to take it with me on the bus (not something I usually do!) to see how it turned out.

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