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Almighty Teenagers

Bernard Kops, Meg Rosoff, Amanda Craig

26/02/2012
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Make way for the almighty teenager. Long have we suspected that this awkward figure, lurking in the shadows is an underrated entity.

Here are two novels which pull him into the limelight. In Meg Rossoff’s There is No Dog the role of God has been designated to Bob, a typical teenage boy who approaches the task with all the expected sloth and reluctance, until he discovers one particular female human.

In The Odyssey of Samuel Glass the north-London protagonist travels to late 19th century Russia to come of age, sexually and politically.

Bernard Kops

Bernard Kops is one of Britain\'s most celebrated and prolific authors. He has also written more than forty plays for stage and radio, nine novels and two autobiographies.

Meg Rosoff


Meg Rosoff was born in Boston and educated at Harvard and St Martin’s College, moving to London in 1989. Her books have won or been shortlisted for 20 international book prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, the Orange First Novel Prize and the National Book Awards Young People’s Literature Award.

Amanda Craig


Amanda Craig is a British novelist, short-story writer and critic. She reviews children’s books for The New Statesman and also writes for the Guardian, the Telegraph and the Observer. Her novel, The Lie of the Land, has been optioned for a TV series by Baby Cow Productions. Amanda’s eighth novel, The Golden Rule, was published by Little, Brown in 2020.