The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43 by Harriet Goodwin

The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43

Written by Harriet Goodwin

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Shortlisted for the 2010 Blue Peter 'Book I Couldn't Put Down' Award.

Adventurous, charming and poignant by turns, The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43 is a quirky debut novel laced with humour and a dollop of magic.


The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43 by Harriet Goodwin

For a millionth of a second the car grazed the drenched moorland. If it had come down on any other patch of ground Finn would simply have been another statistic. Death by dangerous driving. But the car hit the surface of the Earth at Exit 43. It slid through the membrane like a hot knife through butter, plunging into the darkness and catapulting Finn from its shattered windscreen as it fell.

Finn Oliver knows he'll never come to terms with his father's death, but joy-riding over the moors in his mum's beat-up old car is a quick fix of freedom and forgetting. Until the accident happens - and Finn finds himself hurtling through the wafer-thin divide between the worlds of the living and the dead.

About the Author

Harriet Goodwin

Harriet Goodwin read medieval English at Oxford University before training as a professional singer. She sang and toured with a number of acclaimed ensembles, and now lives in Staffordshire with her family.

Harriet’s first novel, The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43 was shortlisted for 13 awards including the Blue Peter Book Award, and was winner of the Bedfordshire Children’s Book of the Year 2010. Her second, Gravenhunger, was shortlisted for more regional book awards.

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256 pages
Interest Age: 9-12 years


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Stripes Publishing, an imprint of Magi Publications an imprint of Magi Publications

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7th September 2009




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