Butch Reece is the kind of bloke who always gets blamed, but he gets blamed once too often, and this time he is determined to clear his name and see that the truth is told. However, this is easier said than done and before he gets anywhere he has to face the pit .
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M Books is a series of contemporary literature for children and teenagers. The books can be used as shared texts or as individual readers and are graded into five age ranges - from 7 to 14 plus for teacher guidance. This novel is the story of Butch Reece, who is the kind of bloke who always gets blamed, but he gets blamed once too often, and this time he is determined to clear his name and see that the truth is told. However, this is easier said than done and before he gets anywhere he has to face the pit . This book is aimed at the reluctant reader.
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||Butch starts talking like a stranger on a train, direct and confiding but not insistent, believe-it-or-not, take-it-or-leave-it. About growing up on National Assistance, his old man drunk every night, his mother tired before she gets up in the morning. . . about school where a teacher called him brainless when he was seven so I turned brainless and stayed brainless. . . about Barnton where I was bad because people expected me to be bad. But also about the moors and the hills and the sheep, and about The Pit, a big flat area of bog as treacherous as quicksand. The various forces interpenetrate - Butch is befriended by a sheep farmer who bawls out his father for neglecting the boy, also by the Principal whom like him to clear himself of a false accusation of thievery - and finally converge on The Pit when the son of the teacher who's been baiting Butch is sucked in to his shoulders. Butch gets the boy out - because he's been there before; he eventually clears his name - by forcing the culprit to confess. He also reforms his father - by hitting him back. No false heroics or sentimentality or instant success, just it's going to be all right. A small slice-of-grim-life with a few good meals and a boy boys will feel for. (Kirkus Reviews)
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