The Edge Paperback – 3 May 2007
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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
Crackling with tension a novel about a mother and son desperate to start a new life.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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'.Read more ›
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you will read it in a day and very good thought provoking for teenagersPublished 17 months ago by Mrs K.
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. Read morePublished on 22 Mar. 2014 by Jude
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. Read morePublished on 16 Mar. 2014 by kazz
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. Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2014 by Vovvarna
great book which honestly i coulnt keep down. Outstanding bookk which built up tension perfectly. His best work yet as tension was crPublished on 8 Feb. 2014 by Katie Rainbow
From the first page you are gripped, straight away you are hooked into this fast moving story - couldn't put it down.Published on 29 May 2013 by Mrs. Sharon Wright
This book had made me want to just keep reading, it was really interesting and I had not thought even once about not finishing it.Published on 27 April 2013 by Lauren