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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Children's Books (15 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842550977
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842550977
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 643,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan Gibbons is a full-time writer and a visiting speaker and lecturer at schools, colleges and literary events nationwide, including the major book festivals: Edinburgh, Northern Children's Book Festival, Swansea, Cheltenham, Sheffield and Salford. Alan has recently embarked on a high-profile, nationwide campaign to champion libraries and librarianship and to reevaluate government commitment to educational spending. He lives in Liverpool with his wife and four children.

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"This book is amazing and original". -- Lancashire Book of the Year Reviews, 2005

...[a] grippingly told story that will appeal to the most reluctant teenage reader. -- The Tablet, December 13, 2003

It is a rare and important, brave and beautiful book celebrating difference. And it deserves to be read. -- School Librarian, Spring 2004

Read it as a thriller but also because it is thought provoking and convincing. -- Carousel, Spring 04

The drama and tension in the book is great. (Jordan Higginbotham, age 12 in Young Adult Review News) -- Young Adult Reviews, Issue 25

Told with Alan Gibbons' characteristic directness, this will readily appeal to teenage readers. -- Linda Newbery, Times Educational Supplement, February 2004

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“A grippingly told story that will appeal to the most reluctant teenage reader.” (The Tablet)

“It is a rare and important, brave and beautiful book celebrating difference. It deserves to be read.” (The School Librarian)

"He challenges his readers to learn from what they read and how his story makes them feel." (The Guardian)

“Gibbons is a writer of great conviction and integrity.” (The Herald)

"This book is amazing and original". (Lancashire Book of the Year Reviews) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "kiz333" on 22 Feb. 2005
Format: Paperback
This book really caught me by surprise, I started it knowing by reading 'The Egde' by Alan gibbons it should be quite an exciting book. It started with all the nitty grity details, but when it got into the plot I was soooo surprised and could not put it down till I had finshed it.It is another great hit for Alan Gibbons and if you want a book that you can not put down and keeps yoour adreline pumping this is definatly the book for you :) love aj xxxxx
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Richardson on 6 Aug. 2006
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I loved this book; it has complex, twisted subplots which manage to remain independant of each other and only really come together at the end, making it intriguing and full of suspense. This is teenage fiction with brains and meaning.
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This is the second book that I have reviewed by Alan Gibbons and let me start by saying that I was not in the least bit disappointed. "The Dark Beneath", in effect, picks up from the previous book: not in the storyline; but in the moral dilemmas within it. It seems to me that Gibbons is a man on a mission to create awareness for many forms of discrimination and make us see that there are two sides to every story.

Imogen is a sixteen-year-old just looking for a bit of fun in a lazy summer; whereas the ghostly pale Anthony, is looking forward to a summer full of Imogen. Brought up to fight for what is right she ends up meeting three refugees, who are seeking asylum in England yet who are going to be sent back to their countries to face whatever hells they have run from. Farid is a secretive, un- communicative man; that Imogen can't help but perceive as a mystery to be solved. Throughout the book, Gibbons leads to us to a conclusion that we cannot help but believe to be concrete. Yet, with a twist halfway through, when the reader believes s/he has solved the "mystery"; we are all proven wrong. This then furthermore ignites interest within the reader and subsequently paralyses them in a sense of anticipation; s/he is unable to put the book down and is permanently held in the same position of the afore-mentioned anticipation for the duration of the book.

Gibbons has yet again created a book that will, most likely, ignite a mental epiphany within the reader; that then forces him/her to question, not only the beliefs they have been brought up to follow, but also the beliefs that we are fed from the Government. Yet again, Gibbons creates a sense of paranoia at its fiercest.

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Starting a new job after her GCSE's, Imogen is caught up in a politically charged community event involving asylum seekers, whilst the mysterious Anthony watches on.

A few years ago I was captivated by Alan Gibbons' strong passionate drama The Edge. A magically scripted book that weaves a teenager's life into a compelling drama about racist abuse, conformity to stereotyping and unfortunate judgement. It was spellbinding and since picking up that refreshingly realism driven novel, I have found the same passion and conformity to real life issues and debates in a few of his other novels, which have all spurred me to try this book.

If anything, the tagline grabbed my attention, "Today I shot the girl I love" which spurs out a continuation of repetitive desire and mysterious longing.

This 2003 novel starts as a political notion towards immigrants and the resident's attitude towards a detention centre being constructed in their small community. This theme is maintained throughout, containing positive and negative vibes towards the possibility of the centre, with points of views from teens, adults and local committees. It is certainly a delicate issue to handle, and with the teenage target market it is perhaps a stretch to consider conversing about such things but I believe it is all relative to our culture. This is not so much a preaching novel, more a weighing up of everyday activities and how it affects the ordinary person, which in this case is Imogen.

The central protagonist is marketed as eye candy for practically every male in this book. Young, blonde and opinionated, Gibbons has scripted a desirable person out of text that make for a condensed hollow love story.
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