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.
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Alan Gibbons trained as a teacher and through working with young people discovered his literary voice. He started writing fiction for his pupils and published his first novel in 1993.Alan has also appeared on the BBC education programme Writer's Block, the Blue Peter Book Awards, radio 4's Front Row, and is a regular contributor to TES, Junior Education, Carousel, Books for Keeps and other journals.From AudioFile:
Jerome Pride brings especially difficult characters to life in this fine Young Adult novel about abuse, bigotry, and coming-of-age. The story is written in chapters of alternating points of view, often giving each character's differing perspectives on the same event. Pride becomes teenager Danny and his abused mother, Cathy, making listeners feel their terror as they escape from Chris, her psychotic abusive ex-husband. We hear Chris's side, as well, his self-delusions and his brutality as Pride shows his dark menace. There are a host of other fascinating people, young and old, and Pride invests them all with something vital. Short-listed for the 2003 Carnegie Medal, the audiobook offers strong writing, powerful honesty, and Pride's excellent performance. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Collins, London, 2002. Hard Cover. Book Condition: NEW. First Edition. NEW BOOK, a Blue Peter Book award winner; pp 182. Bookseller Inventory # 006256