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The Nature of the Beast
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Gardners Books
Publication date January 3, 2011
Pages 173
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Juvenile Fiction
ISBN-13 9781406329902
ISBN-10 1406329908
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.35 lbs.
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $9.85
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: This is a powerful novel about a community devastated by unemployment and shaken by the fear of a terrifying beast roaming the moors - which young Bill Coward is determined to track down at any cost. It started out as a game. A game that Billy and his friend Mick play to take their minds off the fact that the mill might be closing and everyone could lose their jobs. They'll hunt down the Haverston Beast, that's killing sheep and hens and maybe even men, and kill it. So what if the farmers say it's just a dog - they know that it's real and they're out to prove it. But then Billy's dad finds out that the mill might close for ever, and suddenly the game doesn't seem so much fun any more - and the terrifying Beast might be closer to home than Billy imagined...An astonishing novel about the monster that is unemployment, and its devastating effects on a local community, "The Nature of the Beast" is as painfully truthful and relevant today as it was when it was first published, to critical acclaim, in 1985.

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780435124595
 
New edition from Gardners Books (April 25, 1996)
9780435124595 | details & prices | 138 pages | List price $14.70
About: One of a series offering classic and contemporary fiction for schools to suit a range of ages and tastes.
Paperback
Book cover for 9781406329902
 
The price comparison is for this edition
Reprint edition from Gardners Books (January 3, 2011)
9781406329902 | details & prices | 173 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $9.85
About: This is a powerful novel about a community devastated by unemployment and shaken by the fear of a terrifying beast roaming the moors - which young Bill Coward is determined to track down at any cost.
Reprint edition from Viking Childrens Books (April 1, 1987)
9780140322545 | details & prices | 137 pages | Rec. grade levels 4-6 | List price $4.95
About: English teenager Bill Coward finds himself losing control of his life when the mill where his father works is shut down and a mysterious beast begins making savage attacks on local livestock
Cassette/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780745185033
 
from Chivers Audio Books (October 1, 1987)
9780745185033 | details & prices | 6.75 × 9.25 × 1.25 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $24.95
About: English teenager Bill Coward finds himself losing control of his life when the mill where his father works is shut down and a mysterious beast begins making savage attacks on local livestock.
School and Library
Book cover for 9780688042332
 
from William Morrow & Co (September 1, 1985)
9780688042332 | details & prices | 137 pages | 5.75 × 8.50 × 0.75 in. | Rec. grade levels 7-9 | 0.65 lbs | List price $11.95
About: English teenager Bill Coward finds himself losing control of his life when the mill where his father works is shut down and a msyterious beast begins making savage attacks on local livestock

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