Creeps by Darren HynesCreeps by Darren Hynes


byDarren Hynes

Paperback | July 30, 2013

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Fifteen-year-old Wayne Pumphrey wishes he were courageous enough to actually send the heartfelt letters he writes to friends and family. He also wishes his father would drive on the right side of the street, his mother would stop packing her suitcase to leave, and his sister would stop listening to Nickelback. But most of all, he wishes that Pete “The Meat” would let him walk to school in peace. After all, how many times can one person eat yellow snow? Then one morning, while facing Pete and his posse, Wayne is rescued by Marjorie. An unlikely friendship is formed, but Pete now has plans for both of them... and afterwards nothing will ever be the same again.
Darren Hynes' first novel was Flight, published by Killick Press in 2010. He has also appeared in theatres across Canada, including the Canadian Stage Company, the National Arts Centre, and the Stratford Festival. His film and television credits include Lars and The Real Girl, Heartland, The Republic of Doyle, Degrassi–The Next Generat...
Title:CreepsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.52 × 0.89 inPublished:July 30, 2013Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143187147

ISBN - 13:9780143187141


Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Really Enjoyed This! Opening this books is like pulling down the lever on a roller coaster. Once you're in, you can't get out until it's over. You go through all of the emotional ups and downs with the main character Wayne, and you build a connection to him. There aren't many books that leave me reading until midnight, but this one did. Wow!
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heatbreaking! I loved this book! You can find my review PLUS additional comments/info on this title at LazyDay Reviews (http://www.LazyDay.Ca/creeps) a Family run blog of book, product & attraction reviews! WIN a paperback copy of this book at the link above! Sponsored by the publisher, Razorbill/Penguin Canada! Ends Sept 23/13 Creeps is one of those books that will rip your heart out, break it in half and then try to place it back in your chest! It’s set in a small mining town of Canning, Labrador and as you would expect, it’s written with precision that can only come from the knowledge of living in small town Canada. It’s told by a 15 year old boy, Wayne Pumphrey, who gets EXCESSIVELY bullied by Pete “The Meat” Avery and his followers. To add extreme insult to injury, Wayne’s home life is a constant nightmare. His father is an alcoholic, his mother packs her bags to leave all the time and his sister doesn’t listen to anything but Nickelback while also having a serious addiction to Diet Coke! Wayne writes letters to his only friend Marjorie, his family, God, his teachers, and the boys that bully him but he doesn’t have the courage to send these letters. They pretty much explain Wayne’s anguish over his home life, how he wishes things could actually be and how he really feels about the people around him. It’s probably one of the saddest things I’ve read with the exception of A Child Called It. I really hate predictable books and I made a prediction within the first 20 pages of Creeps. At around the 33% (according to my Kindle) mark there was a line that made me so smug and sure of my prediction that I was gloating to myself about how great I am, Mrs. Bibliophile herself! I. Was. Wrong. *I hope your happy Justin – I’ve finally admitted I’m wrong about something* (Editor: Excellent.) I was pleasantly surprised and quite happy that I was wrong. It was really surprising and unexpected but you’re just going to have to read it to find out folks! I don’t spoil books for you guys in my reviews, you should know that! Lastly I just want to say that this book was a potential 5 star read for me but sadly there was a flaw that I just couldn’t overlook. Wayne Pumphrey is suppose to be a 15 year old boy and it seems to me that he was written in a mind set of about a 9 year old. I just kept thinking that the kid sounded like my son Jeffrey. This is a flaw I find with a lot of YA books that I read. They either write the teen characters way too mature or not mature enough for the age written. -Dayna
Date published: 2013-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An emotional look at bullying in a Canadian small town A Canadian novel, named after a Radiohead song with fantastic and incredibly realistic characters? What’s not to love about Creeps? Creeps is the story of Wayne Pumphrey – fifteen years old, a bit small for his age and more than a little self conscious. Unfortunately for Wayne, being different doesn’t win you any favours in high school and he is targeted by a group of particularly nasty bullies. I thought Darren Hynes’s depection of being bullied was incredibly realistic. Bullying comes in a lot of varieities and Wayne experiences quite a few of them – from emotional to physical. Some parts were difficult to read – such as any of the more violent episodes – but I appreciated that Hynes didn’t shy away from those scenes. These things DO happen and Creeps is honest about it. Thankfully there’s Marjorie. A quirky, fascinating girl who – though often bullied herself – sticks up for Wayne one day. From there they form an unlikely but fantastic friendship. It was a difficult friendship and at times you didn’t think it would last but they are both incredibly strong and admirable people. I loved that Marjorie was quirky and out there, but didn’t fall into the whole Manic Pixie Dream Girl archtype. She was a fully developed character who was just as flawed and complicated as Wayne. I also liked that she gave Wayne hope. That she was a ray of light that he didn’t have to wait for. So many YA books about bullying seem to subcribe to the “it gets better” message. And while that is important, I believe it’s just important to show that there can be amazing things DURING your teen years as well. I also think Hynes did a good job depicting how adults and other students react to bullying. From Wayne’s father thinking he could just talk it out with the bully’s parents to the oblivious high school principal. The principal in particular really angered me. I think a lot of the time teachers/principals don’t want to believe bullying is happening in their school. Or that certain kids are actually bullies. And that kind of behaviour can make a horrible situation even more desperate. And because of this I think Creeps is also a great book for adults to read – particularly parents or those who work with teens on a regular basis. I think it could be a bit of an eye opener. Finally, I loved the setting of this book. Set in Labrador it’s hard to imagine a more remote location. If we’re being honest I don’t know that much about the area so it was nice to get a glimpse into life there. There aren’t enough books set in Northern Canada and I think that’s something that really sets Creeps apart. Recommendation: Creeps is an authentic and emotional look at what it’s like to be bullied. This is a book that a lot of people are going to be able to relate to, even if they weren’t bullied as heavily as Wayne. Definitely an essential read for high schoolers and those who work with teens. This and other reviews at More Than Just Magic (
Date published: 2013-08-25