WINNER of the Costa Children’s Book Award, 2010 —Costa Book Award
WINNER of the Branford Boase Award, 2011 --Branford Boase Award
WINNER of the UKLA Children's Book Award, 2011 —UKLA
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, 2011 -- The CILIP Carnegie Children's Book Award
Shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize, 2010 --Booktrust
'Sometimes a book takes you somewhere and keeps you there. Honest, brave and devastating - Out of Shadows is more than just memorable. It's impossible to look away.' -- Markus Zusak - The author of The Book Thief
'An extraordinary coming-of-age novel . . . a startlingly original debut . . . Charting the change from childhood to adulthood against growing political discord gives the novel a sense of urgency, and the book's intensity, drama and pace leaves a lasting impact.'
-- The Bookseller
Excellent. The latest lacerating addition to the boarding-school-as-living-hell genre...read on if you have the courage. The author attended a similar establishment at the age of 12,and gives every indication of knowing exactly what he is writing about. --Independent on Sunday, Nick Tucker
(Out of Shadows is) a provocative story, powerfully written. Some may find the themes difficult, the climax shocking, but Wallace has produced a first novel where all the heat and intensity of an African nation in flux burns on every page. He's a definitely a writer to watch in the future. --The Scotsman, Keith Gray
A novel to recommend to older readers, particularly those studying Golding for GCSE.
--The School Librarian
"Terrific debut novel." --The Independent on Sunday
"A memorable, moving and disturbing coming-of-age story." -- Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading4kids
"Beautifully written." --Ruth Swindon, Independent on Sunday - Hit List
"Out of Shadows is one of the best debut novels I've ever read . . . At times chilling and dark, yet strangely hopeful, Out of Shadows is one of those books that I know I'll revisit in the future . . . I can't recommend it highly enough." -- Jenny Davies, wondrousreads.com
"Jason Wallace is a writer to follow - there will hopefully be many books to look out for in the future. In spite of my reservations this is a book to be read, to bury a past that has no place in the new Zimbabwe that remains to be built." -- The Zimbabwean
"This is one of those rare, outstanding books that when you come to the end you know with certainty you will return to it again. It is also a book that is so hard-hitting and thought provoking you feel compelled to tell everyone you know to read it!" --Browns Books for Students
One of Lovereading4kids' 'Best Children's Books of 2010' --Lovereading4kids.co.uk
'A thrilling teenage tale of belonging. The charismatic Ivan is a marvellously drawn character; subtle, clever, tough, cruel, devious . . . Jason Wallace (is a) fine debut author.' -- Ham & High
'This is a fantastic book! You can tell Jason Wallace knows what he's writing about.' --Bookwitch
'A powerful emotionally charged book.' --Nayu's Reading Corner
`It is a long time since I've read a perfect novel such as this; the type of book that captures you from the opening passages and takes you on a journey that haunts you for days afterwards.' --Emm, blogcritics.org
`This hard-hitting story could well become a children's classic.' --Daily Express
`One of the best debuts I have ever read. Fantastically written, powerful and important and at times horribly shocking, yet strangely hopeful. With scene that left me in stunned silence.' --Western Morning News
'This novel excels, bringing readers up to the grim, uncertain present with mastery.' --Kirkus Magazine, starred review
'An original, at times violent, thought provoking and ultimately shocking story for older readers.' --Good Book Guide
`Elegiac and edgy...your mind will remain full of this book long after you've closed it.'
`Jason Wallace paints a shocking picture of betrayed friendships, cruel bullying, and racism in a post-colonial society that leaves readers speechless.'
--The White Ravens 2011
'A stunning debut novel without a false note. Accomplished and powerful, it changes the way you think.' --Costa Book Award
'Classic crossover fiction...(Wallace's) unblinking portrait of true evil raises it above the norm... It's something that schools should study and readers read. Bravo!' --Amanda Craig, The Times
'(Jason Wallace's) bleak, ferocious debut is a powerful, devastating read for older teens.' --Patrick Ness, The Guardian
Shortlisted for the North Lanarkshire Catalyst Book Award, 2011
--North Lanarkshire Catalyst Book Award
Shortlisted for the WE READ Award --co-ordinated by Tamara MacFarlane and University College School
'A powerful story.'