Friday, 3 May 2013

I, Reader: JON FOR SHORT by Malorie Blackman

Highlighting a book I've read this month
which has been inspiring
and brilliant, and why.
Thanks to Jani Grey for the idea, I'm going to give away a copy of JON FOR SHORT to one commenter (selected at random). **CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED** Leave your comment (with your twitter handle or email addy) by 9pm GMT on Monday, 6 May for your chance to win!

 For my first I, Reader post I'm choosing a book which I will freely admit I bought because of the cover, and the story just wormed its way into my head and has taken root there. Here is the back cover blurb:

As the blade flashed down in the dim light, it seemed to wink, wink, wink...

Arms came up to ward off the flashes of light, but it did no good. The flashes got harder and faster. 

Harder and Faster...


Jon is in hospital. 

He can't move. 

The doctors have taken his arms and he is sure his legs are next. Will Jon ever escape?

Why did this book stand out?

I've already mentioned the cover, and the illustrations inside are by the same artist - Vladimir Stankovic. I loved the style, and they added a brilliantly murky extra dimension to the story. You can check out more artwork by Vladimir Stankovic here.

The book is only 80 pages long, and JON FOR SHORT was originally published as part of an anthology, but I can see why it was also published as a standalone. It's quick, dark and shocking - a perfect little nightmare of a story. It was also unlike anything else I've ever read, and left me thinking about it for weeks afterwards, so there's that.

It is marketed as being suitable for readers with dyslexia, which caught my attention - I'd never come across this sticker on a book before, and was intrigued to see what was different. I could see certain things which made sense of the sticker as I read - read it, you'll see for yourself what I mean.

I really recommend checking out this book if you like a quick, scary read with fantastic illustrations.

Have you read JON FOR SHORT? What did you think? 

Or if you haven't read it yet, will you be checking it out?


  1. This sounds fantastic. It's not something I would have picked up, but if I see it in store, I'll buy it. With this cover, reading what it's about, and after visiting the website, I definitely want a copy of my own.

    Great choice, Kat.

    1. Thanks, Jani! You've inspired me to give away a copy of the book (since I know not everyone will be able to get a hold of it), and since you gave me the idea you get one too! <3

    2. Score! I'm glad somebody else will get a chance to own this :D

  2. Wow, sounds intense for a kids book, but I see what you mean about the cover...

    1. I wouldn't say it's for young kids, no...

  3. Oooooh sounds delightfully creepy! :)


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