A soaring and emotional debut YA verse-novel, perfect for fans of Dean Atta and Manjeet Mann. Pen in one hand, on my wrist, a ticking clockI’ve got to make this work, just need a little luck… When fourteen-year-old music-lover Ronny’s life gets messy, his mum decides they’re moving out of London.

In Norwich, as a Black teenager in a mostly white school, Ronny feels like a complete outsider. He tries his best to balance keeping his head down, and his goal of becoming a rapper alive. But when a local poet comes into class, he opens Ronny’s world to something new.

Rap is like spoken word, lyrics equal poetry – and maybe the combination of both could be the key to Ronny’s dreams?