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Alan Gibbons - Author

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 is also a key contributor at the QCA/National Literary Strategy 'Writing Together' conferences. As well as being a writer, Alan is a high profile library campaigner. He lives in Liverpool with his wife and four children.

He has written over 60 books and won many prestigious awards such as the Blue Peter Award for ‘The Book I Couldn’t Put Down’, the Angus Book Award and the Stockport Book Award. He has also been shortlisted twice for the Carnegie Medal and his books have been published into dozens of languages.

Alan Gibbons Q+A
If you could choose a football dream team – which players would you choose?

Peter Schmeichel, Gary Neville, Paolo Maldini, George best, Bobby Charlton, Duncan Edwards, Ryan Giggs, Diego Maradonna, Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and Bobby Moore. What a great side!

Which sports person would you most like to meet and why?

Muhammad Ali. He was quite simply The Greatest. If I had a tardis and could time travel I’d like to meet George Best when he was very young so as to tell him to stay away from the booze.

The 1966 World Cup Final when England best West Germany and the 1970 World Cup Final when Brazil beat Italy. Then there was the night Muhammad Ali beat George Foreman in the Rumble in the Jungle and won back the world heavy weight boxing title.

My head says “no” but my heart says “yes.” Wayne Rooney to score the winner in South Africa.

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Featured Books, with extracts, by Alan Gibbons

The Lion Roars
Alan Gibbons - illustrated by Chris Chalik
The story of a young footballer from Africa who achieves his dream of winning a place at one of the top UK clubs, this short novel is both a satisfying story of hard work, dedication and talent, plus all-important family...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2016
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A Strange Land
Alan Gibbons - illustrated by Alan Brown
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7 Alan Gibbons tackles bullying and racism head on in this gripping short novel, and shows how closely linked they are. Like everyone in his school, Jack is intimidated by The Blokes, a gang of...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2015
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Street Corner Dad
Alan Gibbons - illustrated by Ismael Pinteno
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7 Set in Liverpool during World War II, Alan Gibbon's novel is a compelling drama. It packs a real emotional punch despite its short extent, which is Barrington Stoke style, part of their method of...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2015
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The Greatest
Alan Gibbons - illustrated by Dylan Gibson
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7+ Muhammed Ali's life story provides daily inspiration for a young boy, also called Ali, who takes on the bigger lad who bullies him. The setting for their confrontation is the boxing ring. Barrington Stoke...
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Format: Paperback | Released 13/08/2014
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The Number 7 Shirt
Alan Gibbons
Interest Age 9 -14 Reading Age 8+. Perfect for reluctant or struggling readers. This is an action-packed story involving a boy who dreams of being a football pro. Because fiction and non-fiction are interwoven together, it's likely to attract less...
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Format: Paperback | Released 26/09/2012
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An Act of Love
Alan Gibbons
Award-winning Alan Gibbons pulls no punches in this moving contemporary story of lives torn apart by the divisions within our society. As boys, Chris and Imran are best friends and even blood brothers. Their love of football, family, friends and...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2011
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The Dying Photo
Alan Gibbons
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. A brilliantly taut ghost story based on a blurb by a Year 6 boy from a Liverpool primary school who won a city-wide competition. A real page turner and a roller coaster ride that's...
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Format: Paperback | Released 14/07/2010
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Charles Darwin
Alan Gibbons
Discover the world of Darwin through the diary of a ship's boy. Combining non-fiction and fiction but factually absolutely accurate, this book is published to coincide with Darwin's 200th birthday. It begins with a diary, told from the point of view of...
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2008
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Scared To Death
Alan Gibbons
A compelling new series from a master storyteller combining urban menace, ancient horror and an ongoing quest for good against evil and set in modern east London against a backdrop of the infamous Jack the Ripper murders. Gibbons is at...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2008
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Rise of the Blood Moon
Alan Gibbons
A sweeping epic of breathtaking power that's full of gargantuan battles, betrayals, broken promises and allegiances, and finally, secrets revealed. It's all mixed with a vividly-imagined cast of shape-shifters and demons from the award-winning author of the Legendeer Trilogy. A...
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Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 06/07/2006
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Shadow of the Minotaur
Alan Gibbons
A unique blend of fantasy and thriller and myths and legends but grounded firmly in real present-day life. It was winner of the 2000 Blue Peter Award 'book i couldn't put down category'. With twists and turns virtually on every...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/02/2000
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