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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (408 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Graham Gardner Narrator: Dominic Taylor Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2004 ISBN: 9780807223215
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Elliot's life has been spinning out of control. He would give anything to get back to normal. Now, at his new school, he has a chance to reinvent himself. He will make himself so cook, so out of reach, that no one will hurt him ever again. The plan succeeds beyond his wildest dreams. And then beyond his wildest nightmare.

Elliot is noticed by the Guardians, the mysterious, manipulative group who run the school according to their own very special rules. They want him to become one of them. For the first time, Elliot has power. But power comes at a terrible price, and Elliot faces an impossible choice when he has to decide how to use it. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jordan e | 2/15/2014

    " Inventing Elliot was on of the most interesting books I ever read. It is an exiting book that anyone who is in school can relate to. It is about a boy who is starting at a new school. At school he is notice by a group called the Guardians. The Guardians rule the school from behind the scenes, and only a select few know who these Guardians are. They want him to be a successor to the current Guardians who are graduating. Elliot is a very shy person that used to be a big victim at his old school. He only seeks to be a normal person in his new school. With the Guardians wanting him to join them it makes it hard for him to be normal. The Guardians punish people just because they might do something they didn't like. Also Elliot's Father is sick, has no job and never leaves the couch. With his father lacking a job it is very hard for his family to get by. In the end Elliot reports the Guardians punishments to the principal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Austen | 2/12/2014

    " British boys' school story, with the heads-in-toilets caste system of other British boys' school stories (and with echoes of the Chocolate War) but unique and vivid and well done. (It's not actually a boys' school - a ways into the book we learn that there are girls at the school, too - and it may not even be British, but it really feels that way.) It's about a boy who tries to reinvent himself at a new school and is far more successful than he'd planned. I liked it, and him. Interesting, thoughtful, well-written. Ideal for young teens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 2/2/2014

    " Peer pressure, the need to prove oneself to the world even if it means being something you're not, wearing different masks around different people...I can very much relate to many of the internal struggles and emotions the main character faces in this book. An intriguing story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/30/2014

    " Elliot Sutton is a victim of violent bullying at his school, until he is beaten so badly his mother moves them to the other side of the city. He is enrolled in Holminster High for a new start as a freshman, and his goal is not to be noticed. He doesn't want to stand out for any reason. He almost succeeds by reinventing himself as someone who doesn't react and doesn't care. However, he does befriend (privately) one of the victims, Ben, who shares Elliot's love of swimming and whose passion is film photography. Elliot also starts to like Louise, who shares his interest in reading and is passionate about ideas. At the same time, Elliot is noticed by the Guardians, the group in charge of organizing "punishments" and selecting punishers and victims, and he is recruited to be one of them (they are juniors). He feels he has no choice but to go along, and he is stresssed by the need to wear so many different Elliot masks that he's not sure who the real Elliot is any longer. With problems at home (a useless almost non-existent father, and a long-suffering over-worked mother) Elliot doesn't feel he can find any support there - and even if he could, doesn't believe it would help. However, his mother surprises him, helping Elliot to make a difficult decision. This is not an enjoyable book. It reminds me of Lord of the flies and The Chocolate War, books with a dark view of a natural desire for violence and power. It is, however, a good book, and many middle school students have liked it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Candace | 1/29/2014

    " Plagiarized Cormier. Only a shade of difference b/t Cormier's The Chocolate War but a viable PG alternative for parents looking to shelter their innocents from the horrors of free speech. Rejoice, members of the Parental Advisory Board! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessicat | 1/29/2014

    " This is a sad look at teen bullying/power. It reminded me of The Chocolate War. It was dark and edgy. I think it's a good book for young boys to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny Kendall | 1/20/2014

    " This is a good book if you want a dark view of high school politics. It recreates some of the themes in 1984. I skipped some chapters because the book is too dark for my liking, but it doesn't swear or say anything vulgar. Not a book I'd recommend-- however I did have to talk to James about it because it made me think. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 jenna nims | 1/18/2014

    " very repetitive very repetitive very repetitive - ugh "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 1/12/2014

    " This book is about bullying. It portrays the awful pressure that young people endure everyday from fellow students. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Conny Feistauer | 12/25/2013

    " Extremely inspiring book about bullying. Set in GB. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Gross | 12/8/2013

    " This an excellent book and I love it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige | 12/6/2013

    " it's pretty good so far. a little wierd but it's ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerrymac | 12/2/2013

    " One of my son's 6th grade reads about bullying in school. An older book, I believe, since there was no online or cyberbullying, but still very current in the representations of the feelings that surround bullies, the bullied, and the bystanders. May inspire kids to read George Orwell's 1984! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trevor | 12/2/2013

    " A good book -- I'd suggest The Chocolate War as a must read either before or after you finish this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Albert | 12/1/2013

    " This book was a cruel look into the average new kids life and a vicious school. It takes normal bullying to an organized school crime level, and borderlines the extreme, but it was an amazing book. I will definitely read it again, and I have recommended it to more than one person so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 8/7/2013

    " This book was a great story about the state of mind of someone who is bullied. The end leaves me wanting to see what happens to Elliot and what type of person he becomes. It is a great story about people who hang in there even when things are rough. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori Nakagawa | 7/25/2013

    " This book is much like Robert Cormier's The Chocolate War. It is the story of Elliot Sutton trying to fit in at a new high school and overcoming a difficult homelife and past. There are a number of references also to the novel 1984. A quick read at 181 pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher H. | 5/1/2013

    " I'm only to page 99 but the book so far has been very good. With a good story line and very easy to follow. It tells about real life for kids trying to fit in and tell what really happens. Kids these days do try to fit in and that's what he tried to do in this book so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 1/29/2013

    " The ending is not really what i want to see. it could use more twist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mare | 12/28/2012

    " A book about reinventing yourself. Amazingly written. I truely felt all of Elliot's pain. I high,y recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda Morris | 8/1/2012

    " I wish the end had been a little more clear-cut, but this was well written and a disturbing look at bullying in schools. Or at least, disturbing for a teacher who is now afraid she might be dangerously clueless. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Zoe Russo | 7/14/2012

    " THIS. BOOK. HAS. NO. PLOT. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leaf leaf | 3/27/2012

    " it showed the same theme that most modern school endorsd books do, internal struggle and emotional conflict. the story itself is to realistic to attract me. boring, good but boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 2/25/2012

    " I loved this book! I loved how they took the themes of 1984 and applied them to someone's everyday life. It was really interesting and totally opened my eyes. Everyone needs to read this! Gosh that sounds so cliche... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Daydreemer5696 | 7/29/2011

    " Horrible! Ughhh! Hated whole thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alli | 5/8/2011

    " Nothing special. However, I think bullying is a subject that needs to be addressed and taken seriously. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Albert | 3/25/2011

    " This book was a cruel look into the average new kids life and a vicious school. It takes normal bullying to an organized school crime level, and borderlines the extreme, but it was an amazing book. I will definitely read it again, and I have recommended it to more than one person so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mare | 11/6/2010

    " A book about reinventing yourself. Amazingly written. I truely felt all of Elliot's pain. I high,y recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 6/13/2010

    " This book is much like Robert Cormier's The Chocolate War. It is the story of Elliot Sutton trying to fit in at a new high school and overcoming a difficult homelife and past. There are a number of references also to the novel 1984. A quick read at 181 pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 3/24/2010

    " The ending is not really what i want to see. it could use more twist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessicat | 3/11/2010

    " This is a sad look at teen bullying/power. It reminded me of The Chocolate War. It was dark and edgy. I think it's a good book for young boys to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dou Dou | 1/9/2010

    " I totally loved this book. It was very strong and deep and emotional and captured my interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Conny | 10/6/2009

    " Extremely inspiring book about bullying. Set in GB. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Daydreemer5696 | 7/31/2009

    " Horrible! Ughhh! Hated whole thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige | 6/11/2009

    " it's pretty good so far. a little wierd but it's ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerrymac | 4/10/2009

    " One of my son's 6th grade reads about bullying in school. An older book, I believe, since there was no online or cyberbullying, but still very current in the representations of the feelings that surround bullies, the bullied, and the bystanders. May inspire kids to read George Orwell's 1984! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jrock101 | 12/9/2008

    " This book reminded me a lot of the chocolate war just a little bit. I just wish that the ending was more clear as to what happens in elliots life "

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About the Narrator

Dominic Taylor played Nick Holland in EastEnders. He has also appeared in Coupling, London’s Burning, and Doctors.