Blade was published in 2005 but seems incredibly relevant today with so many tales of knife crime in the press. The Barrington Stoke website, gives the Interest Age for this book as 12+, and although it could be read by younger children the subject matter feels very edgy.
It's a short book; some pages only have a few one-sentence paragraphs. This can look like poetry, but, in fact, just keeps the story moving at a very quick pace.
The morals and behaviour of the heroes are not clear-cut. This gives lots of potential for discussing how to deal with the situations encountered, and makes it a great book to read in a partnership.