Crossing the Line by Gillian Philip
  

Crossing the Line

Written by Gillian Philip

11+ readers   All Shortlists and Winners   eBooks   
Download an extract Share this book

The Lovereading4Kids comment

Shortlisted for the Scottish Book Award 2010.

Incredibly readable, this is a sympathetic and hard-hitting novel that looks squarely at how teenager Nick Geddes copes with the various complications of his life. To say things are not going well for Nick would be an understatement! His mother is absorbed in her media job, his father struggles with alcoholism, his grandmother is slipping into dementia and his sister has always been ‘different’. But, when his sister’s boyfriend is killed in a school stabbing, things begin to spiral out of control. Nick tells his story in a clear and convincing voice capturing the incredible highs of adolescent love in the midst of trouble.

Synopsis

Crossing the Line by Gillian Philip

Nick Geddes's life is a mess. His sister's boyfriend was killed in a school stabbing. His grandmother is decending into a world of her own, his mother has a 'god-slot' on local radio, and his father is drinking way too much. But that is nothing, because he is also crazy in love with Orla, the sister of the boy who has been killed, and she blames Nick! How can Nick make sense of this chaos, and look after his sister, and hopefully get lucky with Orla?

Reviews

'Much more than a morality tale about the danger of carrying a knife to defend yourself ... much witty, well-observed detail'

'An uncompromising exploration of the ruthless Darwinian world of teenagers. It's tough, rough-textured and assured, cynical where it needs to be, and demands respect'

'Bleakly humorous, imbuing a difficult subject matter with warmth, intelligence and compassion'

'It's very rare, and exciting, to find a writer like Gillian Philip ... [Crossing the Line is] a tender, touching and emotionally savvy examination of sibling relationships and adolescent angst'
The List (Glasgow and Edinburgh)

About the Author

Gillian Philip

Gillian Philip is an exciting new talent with a real ear for contemporary life, as showcased in her first novel for Bloomsbury Crossing the Line. Gillian lives in Elgin in the north of Scotland.

More books by this author

Loading similar books...

Other Formats

Book Info

Format

Paperback
288 pages

Author

Gillian Philip
More books by Gillian Philip

Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date

6th April 2009

ISBN

9780747599937

Categories


LoveReading4Kids is a modern and creative way of emphasising the value and importance of books in this digital age #booksforlife

Amrit Bunet – Teen

I have told all my friends, family & teachers to see for themselves just how great the site is. Without fail, they are hugely impressed.

Alexander Boxall – age 11

Lovereading4kids is great, we get books really early never late. We love to read and review, and think you would like it too. The excitement

Jasmine Harris-Hart, age 12

A great way to introduce kids to great books, authors & genres. Parents can find age-appropriate books to share with their children.

Judi Davies – Aberdare Girls Sch

I am so pleased to have signed my kids up as they are reading a much wider range of books and even choosing books out of their comfort zone.

Angela East

It’s a community united by a passion for books and promoting the best there is in children’s literature.

Sam Bateman and family

I think Lovereading4kids is an amazing company because of the friendly staff and the fabulous chance to read great books before publication.

Adam Graham

This company is amazing; not only is it is a great opportunity to get books and review them but everyone is so friendly and supportive!

Jemma Rubens, age 10
Lovereading

Lovereading 4 schools
****