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Kissing the Rain

(2004)
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Moo Nelson is fat--pale white blubbery fat--and he gets rained on every day at school for it. The jokes, the insults, the snide laughter, the beatings--all of it he calls the RAIN. Moo has learned to "umbrellarize" it, to walk through it with his eyes down. Because after school there is always the bridge--a place where he can where he can watch the cars go by on the highway and find some shelter from the RAIN.

That is until the day he sees two speeding cars, a crash, a scuffle, and a murder on the bridge. Moo is the only witness, and his story is not what the police want to hear. If he tells the truth, Keith Vine, a notorious bad guy, will go free, and Detective Inspector Callan will retaliate by sending Moo's father to jail for welfare fraud. If he lies, Vine will take violent revenge. The secret pressures mount on Moo from all sides--money and gifts, threats and beatings--until he chooses to kiss the RAIN, to take action against his tormentors.

Kevin Brooks again shows the brilliance that won him acclaim for Martyn Pig and Lucas. The story emerges through a murky stream of consciousness; Moo's working-class British voice swirls past the boulders of plot events. Moo is befuddled, hurting, and enormously touching as he struggles toward a dimly perceived Right Thing to Do, and misses the mark badly. This third YA novel from Kevin Brooks' is evocative of the best of PBS' Mystery! Series. (Ages 12 and older) --Patty Campbell

 
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Hardback Editions

April 2008 : USA Library Binding
Title: Kissing the Rain
Author(s): Kevin Brooks
ISBN: 1-4352-3380-8 / 978-1-4352-3380-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Paw Prints 2008-04-11
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March 2005 : USA Hardback
Title: Kissing the Rain
Author(s): Kevin Brooks
ISBN: 0-7569-5173-9 / 978-0-7569-5173-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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March 2005 : USA Library Binding
Title: Kissing the Rain
Author(s): Kevin Brooks
ISBN: 1-4176-8236-1 / 978-1-4176-8236-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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February 2005 : USA Turtleback
Title: Kissing the Rain
Author(s): Kevin Brooks
ISBN: 0-606-33295-2 / 978-0-606-33295-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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March 2004 : USA Hardback
Title: Kissing The Rain
Author(s): Kevin Brooks
ISBN: 0-439-57742-X / 978-0-439-57742-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chicken House
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January 2004 : UK Hardback
Title: Kissing the Rain
Author(s): Kevin Brooks
ISBN: 1-904442-19-6 / 978-1-904442-19-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
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January 2004 : UK Hardback
Title: Kissing the Rain - Signed Stock
Author(s): Kevin Brooks
ISBN: 1-904442-58-7 / 978-1-904442-58-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
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January 2004 : USA Hardback
Title: Kissing the Rain
Author(s): Kevin Brooks
ISBN: 1-4155-8483-4 / 978-1-4155-8483-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Book Wholesalers
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Paperback Editions

March 2006 : UK Paperback
Title: Kissing the Rain
Author(s): Kevin Brooks
ISBN: 1-905294-18-2 / 978-1-905294-18-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chicken House
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February 2005 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: Kissing The Rain
Author(s): Kevin Brooks
ISBN: 0-439-57743-8 / 978-0-439-57743-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Push
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January 2005 : UK Paperback
Title: Kissing the Rain
Author(s): Kevin Brooks
ISBN: 1-904442-39-0 / 978-1-904442-39-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
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Audio Editions

January 2013 : USA Audio edition
Title: Kissing the Rain
Author(s): Kevin Brooks
Publisher: Recorded Books
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January 2013 : UK Audio edition
Title: Kissing the Rain
Author(s): Kevin Brooks
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon UK   

October 2005 : UK Audio CD
Title: Kissing the Rain
Author(s): Kevin Brooks
ISBN: 1-4074-7456-1 / 978-1-4074-7456-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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2004 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Kissing the Rain
Author(s): Kevin Brooks
ISBN: 1-4193-0390-2 / 978-1-4193-0390-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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2004 : USA Audio CD
Title: Kissing the Rain
Author(s): Kevin Brooks
ISBN: 1-4193-3222-8 / 978-1-4193-3222-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: RecordedBooks
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Kindle Editions

September 2014 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Kissing the Rain (0)
Author(s): Kevin Brooks
Publisher: Chicken House
Availability: Amazon UK   



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