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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
- “A fast and compelling 'must read'…I can't recommend it highly enough. “Books for Keeps
- “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