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Collins Readers - The Edge

Author: Alan Gibbons
Format: Hardback
Publication Date: 20-02-2004
ISBN: 978-0-00-717864-3
Pages: 192

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A tense yet thrilling novel from Alan Gibbon that tackles the issues of domestic violence, fear and prejudice with great pace and vitality.

Danny is a boy on the edge. A boy teetering on the brink of no return, living in fear. Cathy is his mother; she has been broken by fear. Chris is fear – and they belong to him…
When Danny and Cathy break free of their fear and escape to start a new life, instead of freedom they find danger an prejudice of a different kind.

The novel presents us with an account of domestic violence and racial prejudice from a number of different points of view. It is an excellent model for the study of multiple narration and explores emotive contemporary issues with sensitivity, linking to Citizenship and PSHE. A compelling plot involves even reluctant readers, and students will find many opportunities for discussion.

  • ”'Alan Gibbons is committed to writing books boys will read…No film or television could compete with the immediacy of this intense plotting.”Sunday Herald
  • ”'The characters are brilliantly drawn”Mail on Sunday
  • ”'Alan Gibbons's best yet. The writing grabs you from the first page and entwines you into the lives of the characters.”The Herald
  • ”'A tense and deeply affecting story that encompasses racism and manipulative violence.”Books for Keeps