The Dying Photo by Alan Gibbons

The Dying Photo

Written by Alan Gibbons

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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 an excellent title for the reluctant, struggling or dyslexic reader of 9+ but particularly for those whose reading age is nearer 8+. Alan Gibbons has won numerous awards including the Blue Peter award and has been shortlisted for the most prestigious book award, the Carnegie Medal.

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The Dying Photo by Alan Gibbons

Jamie’s shopping with his parents in Liverpool when a photographer offers to take a picture. The camera flashes. Both Jamie’s parents and the photographer have gone, and all that’s left is a negative fluttering to the ground. On it – Jamie’s parents. And they’re screaming. Can Jamie discover what’s happened?

About the Author

Alan Gibbons

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.

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64 pages


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Barrington Stoke Ltd

Publication date

14th July 2010




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