“‘A bully with charisma and top marks is still a bully.’ She sighed, annoyed. ‘He’ll probably end up Prime Minister one day. God help us all.’”
For a book first published in 2011, that perhaps gives a new understanding, a new meaning to saplings that need excising at the root! Now too late.
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A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness
One of this book’s many illustrations in 2011 by Jim Kay: