Ok, here goes. I've been working on this. Before you ask, I've been working on the actual novel too! We are doing a reading at the end of term (July 4th) of extracts from our books, and for the flier need to have a 'Logline' - something punchy which describes what the novel is all about. I think this just about works for now:
Undertone by Jim Minton
When 14 year old paperboy Carl has trouble with playground bullies, he finds unexpected allies in Meacock, a squatter and activist who promises to educate him about the political realities of 1980s Britain, and new class mate Sanusi, whose family have just arrived in the north-east from Nigeria. An apparent racial attack on Sanusi’s home gives Carl and Meacock a cause to fight for, but what are Meacock’s real motives, and is Carl getting himself into something sinister that he can’t control?
What do you think?
Also, I've kind of wobbled about the title (see post from a few months back). I'm veering toward Undertone now.
Let's see. I'll try and finish the thing this summer - I've booked some days off in august so should get a good amount done.