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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Children's Books; 1st edition (3 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842550942
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842550946
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 276,890 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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"...a fast moving, tense, emotional story which is a real page turner."
-- Carousel, Autumn/Winter 2002

"Gibbons is passionate about making literature accessible to young people... He uses short, mini-chapters to tell his story and the effect is electric." -- Lindsey Fraser, Booktrusted News (Booktrust)

"The characters are brilliantly drawn, particularly Chris; his self-righteousness, so closely linked with the urge to lash out, is chilling." -- Mail on Sunday, July 1, 2002

"The story is fast paced and holds the readers attention…Many readers will be quickly drawn into the story and be absorbed by its pace and excitement" -- The School Librarian

"[Alan Gibbons's] best yet. The writing grabs you from the first page and entwines you into the lives of the characters." -- The Herald, July 6, 2002

"[Alan Gibbons] is committed to writing books boys will read ... No film or televising could compete with the immediacy of this intense plotting." -- Sunday Herald, July 7, 2002 (Lindsay Fraser)

'Alan Gibbons is pacey and thorough. The Edge [is] a brilliantly convincing thriller.' -- The Guardian

'a very well-written, hard-hitting novel... It is well paced to a breathtaking climax. An excellent read.' -- Primary Times

'…a fast moving, tense, emotional story which is a real page turner.' -- Carousel

'…a tense and deepling story that encompasses racism and manipulative violence.' -- Books for Keeps

'…an excellent, challenging, rough-tough read' Michael Rosen -- The Socialist Review

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Crackling with tension a novel about a mother and son desperate to start a new life.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 Aug. 2003
Format: Paperback
The main charcters in this book are fifteen - year old Danny and his mother Cathy. Cathy is white, while Danny is mixed race. (His mother became pregnant a sixteen with him by a black man named Des who is introduced later on). In the beginning they both run away from Cathy's violent and abusive boyfriend Chris Kane to Cathy's Northern hometown, Edgecliff. When they arrive, they are made to feel unwelcome by Cathy's father who disapproves of mixed - race relationships and regards Danny as a 'mistake'. Elsewhere in the town, racism is a major issue and Danny starts to find himself in complicated webs; especially when he starts the local high school. And then Chris starts to track them down...
This book is FANTASTIC. Its characters are well-formed and fully believable, its plot is meaty yet easy to follow and it is consistently fast paced and exciting, which is rare. It investigates the capacities of humans for love, emotion, violence, prejudice and stereotypical behaviour amazingly well, and allows further expression for the different characters's views as the book is told in mini - sections, each titled with the name of the character concerned. Congratulations to Alan Gibbons for writing such an excellent book that in my opinion should win every award going.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J Grace on 22 Mar. 2014
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Only bought this book because my 13 year old daughter was reading it at school and the author was coming in for a talk and book signing. So glad I did, so far she's read it twice, it's also been read by her Dad and myself soon to be passed on to her Nan. This book can be read by all ages from (12 +)
So easy to read, story kept you wondering what was going to happen next. Was the first book that my daughter really felt for the characters and questioned the racist language - Alan Gibbons is a good writer. We are looking into his other books.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Leah on 28 Mar. 2011
Format: Paperback
`The Edge' is an enticing novel covering some of the main modern day issues and concerns such as domestic violence, single parenting, drugs, psychotic disorders and racism. The author uses short, sharp sentences to give a sense of a hurried and rushed opening to the book. The story is written by Alan Gibbons and is in a multi-narrative form which means that different characters can convey their different emotions about the same parts of the story. This is an unusual technique and it is very difficult to write in this way because you have to understand the characters yourself and also understand their emotions in order to express their feelings through yourself as the author. Alan Gibbons has done this very successfully because his technique gives you an insight into their previous lives, however, meeting Chris Kane, Cathy is not `allowed' a past because Chris thinks he is her past, present and future but she still refers back to her youth when he's not around. Cathy is not the main character in this story but she does give us some information about the way Chris behaved before the beginning of the book. You might be thinking that Chris Kane is the main character in the book, he does have a large part in the book but Cathy's son, Danny, is the main character. He is living with his mother and her ex-boyfriend who still loves her and will not let her go. In this novel Cathy is escaping from her deluded, `abusive' and extremely `possessive' ex-partner with Danny and they are venturing out of London to stay with Cathy's parents.

The characters in this novel have very different personalities because Danny is a traumatised, `insecure' and an `abused' teenager; Cathy is low in self-esteem, damaged but independent and Chris is a `psychotic', antisocial `animal'.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Mar. 2003
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be one of the best I have ever read.
It kept me interested, intrigued and constantly wanting to find out what happened next. The book is set out as if it were a diary, each chapter being split up into each characters entry for that particular day.
The characters are well portrayed and each of the them show very different personalities but all coming together in the end, giving a dramatic scene and climax to the novel, sorting out the bad from the good.
I found the book carefully and perfectly written the whole way throughout; and I feel that other readers will think the same.
As this is the first book I have read by this particular author it definitely made me want to read other books and set a very good example.
An excellent book by an excellent author!
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By kazz on 16 Mar. 2014
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I bought this for my children's literature module at uni. Although some of the themes in the book are difficult the author handles them very well. I like the way that the book is laid out from each characters perspective and the way that their ideas are formed and changed throughout. Really good book with a real insight into some harder issues.
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By Vovvarna on 23 Feb. 2014
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Having bought many books from amazon over the years, this is the one in worst condition. Seller did not state it had been a Library book. The book was tatty and my pupils barely want to hold it, never mind read it. Should have returned it, had a pupil not needed it immediately.
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By Katie Rainbow on 8 Feb. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
great book which honestly i coulnt keep down. Outstanding bookk which built up tension perfectly. His best work yet as tension was cr
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