The Harder They Fall by Bali Rai
  

The Harder They Fall

Written by Bali Rai

13+ readers   Super-readable Dyslexia-friendly   
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Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: bullying, injustice and the power of friendship

In short, sharp, economical sentences, Bali Rai presents a story of bullying – by individuals and the state – and of escape and redress. Cal is picked on at school by Anu, who humiliates him and hurts him for being smart and geeky. New boy Jacob is singled out by the other class bully for being scruffy, poor, an outsider. Cal thinks they could be friends – they share in interest in superheroes – but Jacob, who uses a foodbank, is super sensitive to pity. Eventually the two do become friends and, with the help of a girl called Freya, find a way to expose those who like to hurt the weak and less fortunate. The setting will be familiar to all readers, and the message that by standing together it’s possible to improve society, is an important one. ~ Andrea Reece

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 13+

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Synopsis

The Harder They Fall by Bali Rai

Cal's family are proud to live in an 'analogue' world - no wifi in their house , just an ancient black-and-white TV. At school, Cal has no choice but to live in the 21st century, coping with a range of bullies and chancers on a daily basis. When Cal's mum decides to 'rebalance' the family with a stint as volunteers at a local foodbank, Cal inadvertently discovers new kid Jacob's secret, and Jacob flips.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 13+

About the Author

Bali Rai

Bali Rai is a well-established, award winning and hugely popular voice within the young adult fiction market. His particular successful title Rani and Sukh became a set-text for GCSE English. His novel Killing Honour won the North East Teen Book Award, and was described as 'utterly compelling' by The Bookseller. He lives in Leicester with his family. Read more about the author here.

Bali is Booktrust's online writer in residence. Click here to read his blog.

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Format

Paperback
88 pages

Author

Bali Rai
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Author's Website

www.balirai.co.uk/

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Publisher

Barrington Stoke Ltd

Publication date

15th May 2017

ISBN

9781781126820

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