Dear Charlie
Natália Gomes, Read by Huw Parmenter

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Narrated By: Huw Parmenter

Duration: 6 hours

What to expect

Death should never meet the young. But it did. Thanks to my brother, death made fourteen new friends that day. Maybe even fifteen, if you count Charlie.

But I don’t think death came for him. I think something darker and more sinister took his soul.

At sixteen, Sam Macmillan is supposed to be thinking about girls, homework and his upcoming application to music college, not picking up the pieces after the school shooting that his brother Charlie committed.

Yet as Sam desperately tries to hang on to the memories he has of his brother, the media storm surrounding their family threatens to destroy everything. And Sam has to question all he thought he knew about life, death, right and wrong.


Children's / Teenage: General fiction, Children's / Teenage: School stories

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‘At its searing best the novel demonstrates how the perpetrator of a despicable act can still be loved, forgiven and very missed’ – Financial Times

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‘Very well written, and tackles a tough subject well’ - First News