The Icarus Show
Written by Sally Christie
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Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | January 2016 Book of the Month There’s something appealing just about the format and feel of this book – a small hardback, it looks inviting and eminently readable. And it is just that. Alex is getting by at school through the simple expedient of making himself invisible. But the balance of power there changes with the arrival of mysterious notes from someone calling themselves Icarus, promising to fly. As excitement spreads, and Alex learns who Icarus is, the knowledge is both thrilling and troubling – after all, Icarus’s flight ended in tragedy. Ultimately, though it considers some of the most depressing and depressingly familiar aspects of human behaviour, this is a story of hope, with a little nod to magic in it too. ~ Andrea Reece
From the same publisher, and in the same pick-up-able format, the Costa shortlisted Jessica’s Ghost takes a similarly thoughtful and life-affirming look at friendship.
Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews here.
- Rose Roberts, age 12 - 'The Icarus Show by Sally Christie is one of the best books I have read this month. I absolutely loved it. It is a well-written story with a plot line that makes you want to just keep on reading.'
- Rachel Ilsley, age 12 - 'I really enjoyed this book, and could not put it down! It is an exciting plot, full of mystery and confusion. I also like the author’s style of writing.'
- Benjy Randall, age 12 - 'Brilliant book with page turning suspense!'
- Edel Waugh - 'Loved this book.'
- Rebekah Marsh, age 13 - 'The Icarus Show shows the development of a beautiful friendship. Is it unique? Yes. Is it obscure? Yes. But these factors all contribute to how utterly and totally I enjoyed reading the book.'
- Mia Coffman, age 12 - 'The Icarus Show was a brilliant book with a gripping plot. It was quite a slow start to the book which in my opinion I didn't really like but once I got into it, I couldn't put it down.'
- Jamie Bamford, age 12 - 'A brilliant book which follows the emotions and lives of two teenage boys. Brilliant story! I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes a good novel that keeps you reading well into the night.'
- Jodi Coffman, age 13 - 'I really enjoyed this book as it relates to everyone at school and deals with important issues that many people go through. It an extremely unique book and something different to read.'
- Ofelia Tavares, age 13 - 'I found it a truly interesting read and it was a genre I have not read much of before...it was very well written and definitely addressed a few key issues.'
The Icarus Show by Sally Christie
Alex has worked out a foolproof way to avoid being picked on. Don't React. It's so simple, it's brilliant! David does react and becomes an outcast, nicknamed Bogsy. He's branded a weirdo and Alex is determined to avoid the same fate. But one day, Alex gets a note in his bag that forces him out of his safe little world. Who sent the note? And is it true - will a boy really fly?
A magnificent story about doing something extreme and daring to be different, this deeply insightful novel poignantly deals with bullying, friendship and loneliness. Sally Christie has created a beautifully engaging story that will touch your heart.
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