Kevin Brooks

Kevin Brooks was born in 1959 and grew up in Exeter, Devon. After finishing school he moved to London to try and become a rock star, and had many interesting and unusual day jobs – working in a zoo, a crematorium and a post office – before turning his hand to what he does best: writing hard-hitting and utterly compelling teen fiction.

Kevin has written five enormously successful young adult novels for Chicken House: Martyn PigLucas, Kissing the Rain, Candy, and The Road of the Dead.

Kevin now lives in North Yorkshire.

Martyn Pig

'Did I hate him? Of course I hated him. But I never meant to kill him.'

With his father dead, Martyn has a choice. Tell the police what happened and be suspected of murder, or get rid of the body and get on with the rest of his life. Simple, right? Not quite. One story leads to another. Secrets and lies become darker and crazier, and Martyn is faced with twists and turns that leave him reeling. Life is never easy. But death is even harder.

The extraordinary, ground-breaking debut novel from Kevin Brooks is darkly humorous, strangely moving and completely riveting.


Caitlin’s life changes from the moment she sees Lucas walking across the causeway one hot summer’s day.

He is the strangest, most beautiful boy she has ever seen – and when she meets him, her world comes alive. But to others, he quickly becomes an object of jealousy, prejudice and hatred. Caitlin tries to make sense of the injustice that lurks at every unexpected twist and turn, until she realises that she must do what she knows in her heart is right.

A mesmerising evocation of one extraordinary month in a young girl’s life.


Joe is hooked from the moment he sees Candy.

What is it that catches his eye? Is it her hair, her smile, or just the way she's standing?

When they chat over coffee there's an instant attraction, but can love ever be this sweet?

As the bitter truth about Candy's dangerous world emerges, Joe must decide how much love, hope and a future are worth fighting for.

Road of the Dead

Late one night, two brothers learn that their sister has died in the worst way imaginable.

She’s been found, strangled, in a desolate place hundreds of miles from their East London home.

Ruben is the smarter of the two brothers, with a gift for getting into other people’s hearts; Cole may be older, but he’s a devil’s angel who doesn’t care if he lives or dies. Together, they set out to find their own answers and retrace Rachel’s final journey.

A heart-stopping, heart-breaking thriller about three ill-fated siblings and the love, and blood, that runs between them.

Kissing the Rain

Moo Nelson walks through life alone and with his eyes down, to avoid being pushed and laughed at by others.

Until the night he sees a car chase and a murder ... or does he?

What is the truth, and who wants to know? It seems a lot of people are asking – the police, the lawyers, the bullies at school, and one very bad guy indeed.

Moo must decide between truth and lies, and he must do it soon, before someone else gets hurt ...