15 Days Without a Head

By Dave Cousins

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Fifteen-year-old Laurence Roach just wants a normal life, but it’s far from easy with his little brother who acts like a dog and their depressed alcoholic mother. If Laurence can win the luxury vacation in a local radio contest, he’s certain his mum will finally be happy again. Then one night she doesn’t come home from work, and Laurence must face the reality that she might not come back at all. Terrified that child services will separate him from his brother, Laurence does whatever he can to keep their mother’s disappearance a secret. For two weeks, he spins a web of complicated lies to friends, neighbors, and the authorities—even dressing up in his mother’s clothes to convince everyone she’s still around. But Laurence can’t hide the truth forever. He begins a desperate search for her, and that’s when the real trouble starts in this powerful story about family, forgiveness, and hope.

About the Author

Dave Cousins (Hertfordshire, England) began his writing career at age ten with an attempt to create a script for Fawlty Towers. His short story "The Floodlight Man" was broadcast on BBC Radio Five Live and read by Dave himself. Visit him online at DaveCousins.net.

  • Paperback ISBN: 9780738736426
  • Ebook ISBN: 9780738737379
  • Reading Age: from 12 to 18 years
  • Interest Age: from 12 to 18 years
  • Paperback dimensions: 5.19 x 8 in
  • Publication date: May 08, 2013
  • Rights/Sales territory: United States
  • Format: Paperback | Ebook
  • Pages: 312
  • Imprint: Flux
  • Subjects:
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Coming of Age
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / General
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / General

Reviews of 15 Days Without a Head:

"A teenager holds his crumbling family life together in this finely crafted debut that strikes a delicate balance between humor and pathos." —Kirkus Reviews


"A compelling story of Laurence's struggles, with the darker subject matter balanced out by humorous undertones." —Publishers Weekly


"Incredible lightness of touch and humour, but also seriously weighty…reminded me a lot of Frank Cottrell Boyce." —Anthony McGowan, author of The Knife that Killed Me

Awards received by 15 Days Without a Head:

A Junior Library Guild Selection 2013


Winner of the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award for the UK

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