Fug and the Thumps
By Malachy Doyle
Ben is running away – but is this tiny island a refuge or a trap?
In this gripping ‘out of the frying pan and into the fire’ action adventure story, Ben, bullied by the dreaded Fug and the Thumps, runs away from home and finds himself stuck on a tiny island of holiday homes when his kayak floats off without him. He has to survive on the things he can scavenge from the empty holiday homes and work out a way to get rescued. As he struggles to attract attention from the shore, he has time to think over how Fug controls the school, and eventually comes up with a solution … if only he can get back to the mainland.
Fug and the Thumps is a great action adventure story from a master storyteller, told in a style and tone which will appeal to reluctant and dyslexic readers. It is also a thought provoking reflection on bullying at school and how young people can sometimes feel compromised in their choices to join the bully or be bullied themselves.