Breaking the Silence, by Larry O'Loughlin (Wolfhound, £4.99)

Irish author Larry O'Loughlin is no stranger to controversy

Irish author Larry O'Loughlin is no stranger to controversy. His teenage book, Is Anybody Listening?, published in 1999 and shortlisted for the Bisto award, is a strong indictment of bonded child labour, and this meticulously researched new book is an uncompromising and brave examination of bullying and male rape. Abused by team-mates on his school basketball team, and a witness to their continuing reign of terror, 17-year-old Declan is riddled with anguish and self-doubt. With the help of his new friends, Gnasher and Laura, (the main character from Is Anybody Listening?) he learns to overcome his fears and take his life back. A powerful and compelling teenage book which deserves to be read.