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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 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 May 2016
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4.5 stars

My grandson and I both read this book. He liked it a lot, I thought it was superb for a ten year old. He is a voracious reader, and is quite critical of some books. He knows what he likes and what is not going to interest him.

Peak Marcello and his mother are invited to Afghanistan to climb with an international peace climb group. Afghanistan would give me pause, but off they went. The premise is multiple climbers, 200 in all, climbing indifferent areas all over the world. This is a book filled with some violence and multiple stressors, I would suggest you know how much your child can handle. In Afghanistan there is a constant tension between tribes and areas, and several of the climbers are kidnapped. In this group is Peak's mother, and Peak is determined to find and rescue her.

I particularly liked the parts of the book that described climbing. I have always had an interest in Everest and the high mountains in Asia. I have followed and read the stories of the mountain climbers,and in particular the seasons when difficulties arise. This was all new to my grandson, and he liked the storyline and the climbing. Peak and his counterparts who were searching for his mother with him, filled the book with tension. Peak is an interesting character, and my grandson would like to read the author's first book,and others to follow. My grandson looked up Afghanistan on his globe. and then read a little bit about its history. The book also included Afghan history, and it was a good tool for educating children.

Recommended. prisrob 05-10-16
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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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`We've got to go!'

These are the first words Danny hears in the morning from his mum. They are running away from her boyfriend, Chris, who is violent and cruel to them. They are very close to getting caught but manage to get away, but Chris isn't giving up without a fight. When he finds a simple page from an old newspaper about where they've gone he's got them cornered and there's no way out. But thanks to Cathy's dad who saves the day putting his life at risk for there's.

This book is a very tense book and makes you want to read on and on to see if Chris will ever find them or if they get away from him forever.

The book is not written in chapters but where each person writes there thoughts at a time which I really enjoy reading as it makes a difference from your everyday book.

I would not change one bit of this book as I just loved every one of the 192 pages in this book
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By A Customer on 31 July 2004
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I bought this book for my teenage daughter, however after reading the first page I was hooked!
The moving story of a boy and his mother escaping domestic violence sets off a quite a pace. The tension builds until you want to shout out and warn Danny!
A fantastic book - how wonderful to beable to write so well.
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`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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