Smart

By Kim Slater
Macmillan
Paperback $18

Kieran is a strange boy who narrates his story as he bravely tries to solve the many mysteries in his life, starting with a local crime – a homeless man dead in the river. He keeps a special sketchbook where he takes notes and draws the various scenes and suspects. There’s danger at home too, with his mum’s violent, drug-dealer boyfriend. Ages 9 to 14-years.