Five Minute Friday: 15 Days Without a Head by Dave Cousins

At BEA, I ended up with quite a few books I had never heard of, by authors I’ve never heard of. One of such books is 15 Days Without a Head by Dave Cousins. I must have picked this one up in the FLUX booth during one of my many trips past it to the autographing area. So glad I did! For those of you who are like me and both title and author are new to you, check it out.

Thank you to FLUX and!

1624930315 Days Without a Head

A compelling US debut about family, forgiveness, and hope

Despite having a depressed alcoholic mother and a little brother who’s convinced he’s a dog, fifteen year-old Laurence Roach is trying to live a normal life. But when his mom doesn’t come home after work one night, Laurence is terrified that child services will find out she’s gone and separate him from his brother.

For two weeks, Laurence does whatever he can to keep her disappearance a secret. Spinning a web of complicated lies for friends, neighbors, and the authorities, Laurence even dresses like his mother to convince everyone she’s still around. By following clues, the brothers are finally able to track down their mother’s whereabouts. And that’s when the real trouble begins in this powerful story about what it means to be a family.


The most interesting and refreshing part of this book for me was the way Laurence handles himself after his mother disappears. In books, often these situations allow the teen characters to act more grown up than their missing parents. Maturity sets in and the characters are able to survive well without guidance, which is definitely not realistic. Dave Cousins does a fantastic job of making the reality for Laurence and Jay worse after losing their mother, even though their reality wasn’t much better with the mother.

This was an easy read, after getting use to the British lingo, taking only one day to finish. I’ll be happy to place this one on my classroom library shelf.


4 out of 5 kisses


Posted on July 12, 2013, in BEA, Five Minute Friday, Review and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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