The World According to Bazil Bratt, aged 8
by Nell Peters
Bazil is the third son of the dysfunctional Bratts. Whilst Mr Bratt is doing a long stretch in prison, his family live in poverty in the north of England. Bazil, however, has a secret weapon which will be his family's ticket out of there - he is a mini genius. Bazil doesn't realise he's using poetry as an outlet for his frustrations - but he's good at it and sometimes very funny.