Berserk (novel)

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First edition cover
Author Ally Kennen
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Young adult
Publisher Marion Lloyd Books
Publication date
7 May 2007
Pages 320 pp
ISBN 978-0-439-94372-7
OCLC 81453018
Preceded by Beast
Followed by Bedlam

Berserk is a young adult novel by Ally Kennen, published in 2007. It has been shortlisted for the 2008 Manchester Book Award[1] and longlisted for the 2008 Carnegie Medal.[2] Like Beast and Bedlam, there will be a new edition of the book in May which features a new cover.[3]


Wouldn't it be cool to have a killer as penfriend? 15-year-old Chas is fascinated of this idea. He impersonates his mother and writes to a man, called Lenny, who is in a death row in the USA, because he allegedly had killed a teenager. The Man is from Chas' home town in England. And he actually writes back. A risking game! But that's not all. Chas steals a truck with his friend - only for fun. But the prison, in which the crazy teenagers land, isn't any fun. But he still gets letters by Lenny from America. Just before Chas was released from prison, he is told that Lenny was acquitted because of the absence of proof and that he is on the way to England. What started as game evolved into a nightmare: Lenny wants to pay an old bill. When Chas and his friends realize that THEY are the goal of vengeance, it is nearly too late...