The Bunker Diary

  • Interest Level: Grade 8 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

I can’t believe I fell for it.
It was still dark when I woke up this morning.
As soon as my eyes opened I knew where I was.
A low-ceilinged rectangular building made entirely of whitewashed concrete.
There are six little rooms along the main corridor.
There are no windows. No doors. The elevator is the only way in or out.
What’s he going to do to me?
What am I going to do?

People are really quite simple, and they have simple needs. Food, water, light, space, privacy. Maybe a small measure of dignity. A bit of freedom. What happens when someone simply takes all that away?

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Interest Level Grade 8 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Young Adult
Copyright 2015
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Lab ®
Language English
Number of Pages 264
Publication Date 2015-03-01
Reading Counts! Level 6.2
Text Type Fiction—Mystery
BISACS YAF001000, YAF058120, YAF058170
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.0625 x 7.8125
Lexile 540
ATOS Reading Level 4.0
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 171391
Accelerated Reader® Points 8.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Author: Kevin Brooks

Kevin Brooks grew up in Exeter, England. He studied Psychology and Philosophy at Birmingham Aston University and Cultural Studies in London. Brooks inhabited a variety of jobs before becoming a full-time writer including: musician, gasoline station attendant, crematorium handyman, and hot dog vendor. His first published work, Martyn Pig, won the Branford Boase Award and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. He now lives in North Yorkshire, England, with his wife, four dogs, six sheep, eight chickens, and two rabbits.


  • Louisiana Teen Choice Award Nominee, Nominated, 2016
  • YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults, Winner, 2016
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2016
  • Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, Winner, 2015
  • Tayshas Reading List, Winner, 2015
  • Booklist Editor's Choice, Winner, 2015
  • New York Public Library Best Books for Teens, Winner, 2015


The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Brooks is messy, angry, and nihilistic. . . . There’s no easy out or absolution, but that’s going to interest readers.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Publishers Weekly

“Relentlessly bleak, this recent Carnegie Medal–winner fascinates, provokes, and horrifies as Brooks (iBoy) stays true to his nihilistic aims, pushing readers toward an inexorable conclusion.” —Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“Brooks’ latest is not an easy novel, but it’s one that begs for rereading to suss the intricacies of its construction of plot, character development and insight into the human condition.” —starred, Kirkus Reviews


“[The Bunker Diary] is for everyone, playing just as well as can’t-stop-reading entertainment as it does an allegorical passage into darkness.” —starred, Booklist

School Library Journal

“A unique choice that will get teens talking.” —starred, School Library Journal