Odd Child Out (MP3 CD)

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Noah is found floating unconscious in the canal.  Was this a horrible accident, a dare or a prank gone very wrong?  Abdi can't or won't tell anyone what happened.  

Noah Sadler and Abdi Mahad are best friends. They are both fifteen years old and very clever.  They couldn't be more different .  They are ostracized by many of their peers and that makes their relationship even stronger.   Noah has terminal cancer and comes from a privileged white family.  Abdi is a black Muslim Somalian refugee. They both attend a prestigious school.  Noah's parents pay the hefty fee and Abdi is on a full scholarship.

Detective Jim Clemo is assigned to the case. He is just off a mandatory leave from his last case.  We quickly wonder how Detective Clemo can continue on because his empathy for people will ultimately be the end of him. His inability to maintain perspective and distance from his work makes him a prime candidate for burnout.


The press goes to great lengths to get the story, embellishing details and preying on families already suffering from intense grief.  Racial bias, social tension and how people will believe anything they read if it reinforces their own opinions play a hand in the events surrounding this tragedy in Bristol.  We see and feel this tension rise as the families suffer from their sadness and shock.  We all want the answers.  Their loss is heartbreaking and the reader feels this pain.


— Julia


How well do you know the people you love...?

Best friends Noah Sadler and Abdi Mahad have always been inseparable. But when Noah is found floating unconscious in Bristol's Feeder Canal, Abdi can't--or won't--tell anyone what happened.

Just back from a mandatory leave following his last case, Detective Jim Clemo is now assigned to look into this unfortunate accident. But tragedy strikes and what looked like the simple case of a prank gone wrong soon ignites into a public battle. Noah is British. Abdi is a Somali refugee. And social tensions have been rising rapidly in Bristol. Against this background of fear and fury two families fight for their sons and for the truth. Neither of them know how far they will have to go, what demons they will have to face, what pain they will have to suffer.

Because the truth hurts.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781538454978
ISBN-10: 1538454971
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017
Language: English