Kerb Stain Boys: The Crongton Broadway Robbery

Alex Wheatle

Nominated For The CILIP Carnegie Medal 2020

Best Children’s Books Of The Year In The Times:

Kerb Stain Boys

‘Alex Wheatle makes the rough end of realy life extremely funny in his latest novel, set on the grim fictional Crongton Estate, is no exception. Briggy’s dad has lost his job, leaving his mum to slog it out to keep them afloat. Briggy tends to get lost in the family noise (his big brother wants out). Then his friend Terror and his girl, Caldonia, cook up a plan to make a mint by robbing the post office. Briggy wonders what could possible go wrong. Answer: quite a lot, but it gives us a rollicking rewarding read.’

A brilliantly real and funny tale of teenage life in a tough city estate. A novella that adds a powerful self-contained storyline to Wheatle’s Crongton series.

‘A novella as appallingly riveting as a car crash in slow motion… Wheatle’s characteristic invented slang is the perfect medium for this hilarious yet hard hitting story’ Guardian

‘A welcome return to one of the toughest estates in a wise, witty urban novella’ The Bookseller

‘This book is a blast of fresh air and will appeal to all types of teenagers, from the booky to absolute reluctants. The humorous cusses bandied about by the main characters are like a book version of a rap battle, and as always with Alex Wheatle’s writing, there’s a core of morality and exploring the real feelings of teenagers honestly. A hilarious, thrilling and ultimately uplifting read.’ BookTrust

‘Wheatle revists his popular Crongton estate universe with Kerb-Stain Boys.. a gripping and quick read for both reluctant and sophisticated readers’ Irish Times

‘This wickedly sharp teeen noir novella ticks all the right boxes for an inspiring read for teens who feel trampled in the wake of this unforgiving world… a compelling, voice-driven narrative packed with action and humour from start to finish’ Common Space

‘Alex Wheatle serves up an invigorating slice of teen life starring three kids growing up on his fictional Crongton estate. Briggy and Terror have been best friends for years but Terror’s romance with the gorgeous, super-cool Caldonia threatens to push them apart. So when Terror comes up with a ‘cadazy’ plan to rob the Crongton post office, for the sake of their friendship Briggy has no choice but to go along with it. As the boys plan their heist, normal life goes on, with tension at home making Briggy’s get-rich-quick dreams even more powerful. Sharp, funny, moving and written in rat-a-tat sentences that turn teen speak into a kind of poetry. Brilliant.’ Lovereading4kids


  • Barrington Stoke World English language

Material: finished copies (145pp)