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Alan Gibbons - Author

About the Author

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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Featured books by Alan Gibbons

An Act of Love

An Act of Love

11+ readers

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/06/2011

Award-winning Alan Gibbons pulls no punches in this moving contemporary story of lives torn apart by the divisions within our society. As boys, Chris and Imran are best friends and even blood brothers. Their love of football, family, friends and even school unites them; together they stand against all comers. As teenagers, they are sworn enemies; with Chris in the army and Imran newly politicised as a Muslim radical prepared to die for the cause. Told in different voices, their two stories are brilliantly interwoven creating a gripping, disturbing and thought provoking story of our time.

Other books by Alan Gibbons

Home Ground

Home Ground

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2019

Sam's team are edging closer to the bottom of the league this season and team captain Jordan's bad attitude isn't helping anyone. When Sam spots Hasan playing on the refugee team, he can see that Hasan's got talent and invites him along to practice. Hasan and his friend Faisal prove to be exactly what the team need - but Jordan's not going to accept his new teammates so easily. Can Sam get the boys to pull together and win? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+

Dream Team

Dream Team

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2018

East End United are struggling to make this season work. Cairo is their best shot but as Captain he just can't seem to make the team work together. When Coach Ayo suggests heading to the library for some historical research the boys think he's having a laugh but the secret to a great team might just lie in the past. Fabulous football story featuring facts about the best from past to present. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+

They Saw Too Much

They Saw Too Much

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/03/2018

Two teenagers witness a murder - and now they're the next targets. An action-packed, edge-of-your-seat YA thriller from bestselling author, Alan Gibbons. Gripping and gritty, perfect for fans of Kevin Brooks, Patrice Lawrence and Malorie Blackman. Sixteen-year-old John has moved away from the tough inner-city neighbourhood he grew up in and started afresh. Ceri James is the guarded girl from the children's home who has captivated his attention. But when their lives are thrown together, it's not in the way John had hoped. They witness a man die. Not only are they eye-witnesses of the fatal shooting, but John caught the whole thing on camera - and the culprits know it. Now, John and Ceri must run for their lives in a deadly, heart-stopping chase that leads them in dark and ever more dangerous directions. So why does John refuse to call the police? As secrets are revealed and loyalties doubted, John and Ceri's world hinges on one question - when it's a matter of life or death, who can you really trust?

The Beautiful Game (#1)

The Beautiful Game (#1)

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2017

At an Old Trafford game, Lennie hears Man U fans chanting about Hillsborough. Enraged, he joins in with a retaliatory chant about the Munich Disaster of '58. Appalled, his dad and granddad take Lennie on a whistlestop tour of the dark side of the beautiful game. Dad and Grandad know only too well the human cost of fan violence and official negligence, having experience racism in football fandom and survived the Hillsborough disaster.Interwoven with lots of facts about the history of football, the great disasters of the twentieth century and the black footballers who blazed a trail in the UK, this book is ideal to engage reluctant reading football fans. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

The Trap terrorism, heroism and everything in between

The Trap terrorism, heroism and everything in between

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/01/2017

Terrorism, heroism and everything in between... THE TRAP is a teen thriller about espionage, a missing brother and the ever-raging war on terror by million-copy-selling author, Alan Gibbons. MI5 agent, Kate, receives a tip-off about an asset, who seems too good to be true. Amir and Nasima are trying to make friends at their new school but struggling to keep a terrible secret. A group of jihadists are planning something. And behind it all stands Majid. Brother. Son. Hero. Terrorist. Spanning Iraq, Syria and England, THE TRAP grapples with one of the greatest challenges of our time.

The Winter's Tale Band 17/Diamond

The Winter's Tale Band 17/Diamond

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

Alan Gibbons movingly retells the ultimate story of jealousy. When King Leontes banishes his whole family, after suspecting his wife's infidelity, he destroys everything that matters to him. But, even utter devastation can be healed with the gift of time and a little love. Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the literary heritage

Early Reader: Weirdibeasts: Weird Snowy Day Book 4

Early Reader: Weirdibeasts: Weird Snowy Day Book 4

Author: Alan Gibbons, Megan Gibbons, Rachel Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2016

A full colour blue Early Reader story from million-copy-selling author Alan Gibbons writing with his daughters, Megan and Rachel. Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books perfect for building confidence in new readers and reluctant readers. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey. Katie Cat saw it first. It was a single white flake drifting down from the sky. It's a snowy day, and that means snowball fights and playing outside with friends. Even the littlest animals can have fun in the snow. A delightful new Weirdibeasts story from million-copy-selling author Alan Gibbons writing with his daughters, Megan and Rachel, and illustrated by Jane Porter.

Project X Origins Graphic Texts: Dark Red+ Book Band, Oxford Level 19: Antarctic Ambush

Project X Origins Graphic Texts: Dark Red+ Book Band, Oxford Level 19: Antarctic Ambush

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2016

Project X Origins Graphic Texts can help children to reach higher standards in comprehension. This action-packed, fiction story told in graphic form signals the start of a brand new time-travelling adventure for the popular Project X characters, Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger. The micro-friends find themselves on board Captain Cook's Antarctic ship as they try to protect his sea clock. Can they convince the captain they're not stowaways? Where has Cat gone? And who is aboard the identical ship headed in their direction? This book also contains notes on the inside front and back covers with advice on supporting older children with their reading, ideas for follow-up activities and higher-level comprehension questions.

The Lion Roars (#2)

The Lion Roars (#2)

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2016

Jimi dreams of playing in the all-white kit of the Lions of Senegal but he can't see how his dream will ever come true. Even though he is the best footballer in the region, the bigger boys never let him play with them. But can he change their minds? With huge support from his family, Jimi finds that there is nothing that he can't achieve!Interwoven with lots of facts about the history of African football and African-born footballing superstars such as Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto, Patrick Viera and Yaya Toure, this book is ideal to engage reluctant reading football fans. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

End Game

End Game

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

A real-life thriller about memory loss, arms dealing, and fathers and sons from million copy selling, prize-winning author, Alan Gibbons. 'He was here again last night, the man with the dead eyes. He was in my room and in my head.' There are not many things Nick Mallory knows for sure. He knows there was a car crash. He knows he is in hospital. And he knows he feels furious with his father. What he doesn't know is why. As his memories start to return, Nick finds himself caught in a net of secrets and lies - where truth and perception collide and heroes and villains are not easy to tell apart.

A Strange Land

A Strange Land

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2015

The Blokes rule Jack's school. They're bullies, racists and meaner than anyone around. And they've targeted Jack's new friend Hassan as their latest victim. Hassan has escaped war in his homeland only to be faced with the wrath of the Blokes. Can Jack stand up for his friend or will he break under pressure? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

Early Reader: Weirdibeasts: Weird Sports Day Book 2

Early Reader: Weirdibeasts: Weird Sports Day Book 2

Author: Alan Gibbons, Rachel Gibbons, Megan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2015

Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey. It's Katie Cat's Sports Day. She and her friends must race faster than cheetahs, bounce better than kangaroos and climb higher than monkeys! A delightful story from million copy selling author Alan Gibbons writing with his daughters, Megan and Rachel.

Project X Alien Adventures: Dark Red Book Band, Oxford Level 17: The Shadow Dimension

Project X Alien Adventures: Dark Red Book Band, Oxford Level 17: The Shadow Dimension

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/04/2015

Project X Alien Adventures takes you on an incredible reading journey with this fantastic story featuring the popular Project X characters Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger. On the trail of the next thought vial, Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger rip-jump to a barren landscape shrouded in mist. But when they meet the twilighters, the micro-friends realize that there is more to this dimension than they first thought. What is lurking in the mist? How can they escape from their own shadows? Carefully levelled and highly motivating, this book is ideal for independent reading. This book also contains notes on the inside front and back covers with advice on supporting older children with their reading, questions for readers, and a follow-up activity.

End Game

End Game

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/04/2015

'He was here again last night, the man with the dead eyes. He was in my room and in my head.' There are not many things Nick Mallory knows for sure. He knows there was a car crash. He knows he is in hospital. And he knows he feels furious with his father. What he doesn't know is why. As his memories start to return, Nick finds himself caught in a net of secrets and lies - where truth and perception collide and heroes and villains are not easy to tell apart.

Early Reader: Weirdibeasts: Weird School Day Book 1

Early Reader: Weirdibeasts: Weird School Day Book 1

Author: Alan Gibbons, Rachel Gibbons, Megan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2015

Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey. It's Katie Cat's first day of school ... but what has happened? She has feathers and fur and whiskers and wings. She's all mixed up! A delightful story about starting school from million-copy-selling author Alan Gibbons writing with his daughters, Megan and Rachel.

Street Corner Dad

Street Corner Dad

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2015

Family drama set during World War II. It's the height of World War II. Jimmy and his sister Molly are a couple of the only kids to have not been evacuated to the countryside and with no school to speak of, they lead fairly carefree lives despite the war raging around them. But tragedy strikes when their mother is killed in an air-raid and Nan, blaming their father for her death, forbids him to see the children ever again. Can Jimmy and Molly figure out a way to see their father? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 7+

The Darkness of Dragons

The Darkness of Dragons

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/08/2014

The Greatest

The Greatest

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/08/2014

Great sporting title, packed with facts about Muhammad Ali. When Ali's bike is stolen by a local bully, he turns to the story of Muhammad Ali for inspiration - the greatest boxer of all time, inspiring the fight of Ali's young life. A brilliant read about standing up to bullies and overcoming the odds. From firm favourite Alan Gibbons. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

Complete eBook Collection

Complete eBook Collection

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2014

An action packed complete collection of the eight book Total Football series from bestselling writer Alan Gibbons.This collection contains the following stories:1. Some You Win . . .2. Under Pressure3. Divided We Fall4. Injury Time5. Last Man Standing6. Power Play7. Twin Strikers8. Final Countdown

Hate

Hate

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/04/2014

Eve's older sister, Rosie, was bright and alive and always loved being the centre of attention. Then one day, she is brutally murdered. Six months later, Eve meets Antony and discovers that he was there the night Rosie died and did nothing to help. Is there any way she can ever get past that? Inspired by the tragic murder of Sophie Lancaster, which saw Sophie and her partner Rob viciously attacked in Stubbylee Park, Bacup, Lancashire because of the way they dressed, this is a hard-hitting real-life thriller about friendship, courage, loss, forgiveness and about our society and communities.

Being Rooney

Being Rooney

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/02/2014

How did an ordinary schoolboy from Liverpool become one of England's top goal scorers? This biography tells the story of Wayne Rooney's life in football from his early days at Everton to being signed by Manchester United and his top moments in club and international football. Plus Wayne himself shares some of the secrets of his success. *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3b to Level 3c in reading. *Support comprehension with the stunning photos of the best games and goals, as well as glimpses into Wayne's early life. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book. * Suitable for Key Stage 3 students with a reading age of 9 years.

Raining Fire

Raining Fire

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/01/2014

The gun is the coward's fist. The gun is power. Alex and Ethan are growing up on an estate where there are just two choices: sport or crime. Ethan is selected for a football training programme in the US, his chance to escape the gangs that terrorise his neighbourhood. But Alex is drawn into an explosive feud with a gun at its heart. In this gripping and absorbing real life thriller, Alan Gibbons explores the complex issue of gun crime, and the far reaching consequences it can have.

Wishing Well Will

Wishing Well Will

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/08/2013

The Cold Heart Of Summer

The Cold Heart Of Summer

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2013

Fantastically creepy ghost story from a top author. When her dad begins restoring the old Sexton house, Debbie begins to wonder whether a house really can be evil. The stories of mystery and murder that haunt the house's past start to become a reality - can Debbie convince her dad that they're in danger before it's too late? Great new edition of a chilling horror story. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers of 12+

Raining Fire

Raining Fire

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2013

Alex and Ethan are brothers, growing up on an estate where there are just two choices: sport or crime. Ethan is a promising footballer, and when he is selected to go on a training programme in the US, he feels sure that he has found his chance to escape the gangs that dominate his streets. But as life spirals out of control for his brother, Alex, and things unexpectedly take a turn for the worse for Ethan, he finds himself drawn into the midst of an explosive feud with the gun at its heart. The gun can make a weak man strong. The gun is the coward's fist. The gun is power. In this tense, gripping and absorbing real life thriller, Alan Gibbons explores the complex issue of gun crime, and the far-reaching consequences it can have.

Gladiator

Gladiator

Author: Alan Gibbons, Robbie Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

Inside, the helmet was dark and stuffy. I couldn't see a thing. The sounds of the waves and the sea breeze had suddenly stopped. I got this weird feeling, like the air was bending around me. Like the ground was shifting under my feet. You find an old helmet on the beach. It's rusty and looks as if it's been there for years. You slip it over your head to see how it feels. When you take it off again, you're inside a dark tunnel. Someone hands you a sword. You're a gladiator. And the crowd outside is baying for your blood. *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3b to Level 3a in reading. *Support comprehension with the exciting, age-appropriate illustrations. *Help readers explore the world of Roman gladiators and Roman soldiers using the lively non-fiction section. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book.

The Name is Kade

The Name is Kade

Author: Alan Gibbons, Robbie Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

The name is Kade, Jack Kade. I take the jobs the cops can't do. I clear the skyways of the scum of the universe. I hunt down the gangsters, the kidnappers, every kind of low life. It's a dirty job, but somebody has to do it. A call from Earth brings Kade back from Saturn. His old enemy Zab Hecko is free and intent on destroying the human race. To make things harder, Hecko's had a face transplant. Can Kade find him before it is too late? Told in the style of a Raymond Chandler novel, this is a funny, action-packed sci-fi noir. *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3c to Level 3b in reading. *Support comprehension with graphic novel-style illustrations. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book.

The Number 7 Shirt (#4)

The Number 7 Shirt (#4)

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/09/2012

The story of a boy's journey to becoming a professional footballer. Will the advice of 5 of Manchester United's greats help him achieve his dream? A must for football fans everywhere. Jimmy has always dreamed of becoming a pro footballer and gets one step closer when he's invited to go for a trial for the Man U Academy! But he still has lots to learn. Follow Jimmy's progress with the help of 5 of Man U's heroes, all legends of the number 7 shirt. Fabulous football story featuring facts about Best, Beckham, Cantona, Robson and Ronaldo.

The Three Heads of Cerberus

The Three Heads of Cerberus

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2012

Lone Wolf

Lone Wolf

Author: Alan Gibbons, Robbie Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2012

He saw it in flashes: a shadow of prickly fur, the gleam of teeth. The sight of it snatched the breath from Danny's lungs. He knew what the creature was. He thought they had died out in Britain hundreds of years ago, but there was no doubt about it. He was looking into the yellow eyes of a wolf. People have been going missing in the town. But Danny's got something else on his mind: how to avoid Carver and his gang. Running away from them into the dark woods beyond the estate, he meets something even more frightening... *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3a to Level 4c in reading. *Support comprehension with the graphic novel style illustrations. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book.

The Dying Photo

The Dying Photo

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/04/2012

Jimmy is Christmas shopping with his parents when a creepy man offers to take their photograph. Suddenly, Jimmy's parents disappear! Is he going crazy? Who are these people who say they're his foster parents? Is Jimmy alone? And can he solve the mystery of the photographer before it's too late? Acclaimed thriller from an award-winning author.Brand new package for this successful thriller by top author Alan Gibbons. With a reading age of 8, it is particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers.

An Act of Love

An Act of Love

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2012

Childhood friends Chris and Imran celebrate the Millenium as inseparable blood brothers, they are both seven years old. But by 2011 their lives have taken very different paths. One has joined the Army and served in Afghanistan, the other is a potential jihad recruit. They are no longer friends, and there are bitter wounds between them which remain unhealed. Will their childhood bond be strong enough to overcome an extremist plot? In a highly-charged, honest and life affirming story, told in flashback from both Chris and Imran's viewpoint, Alan Gibbon's cleverly explores the very real issue of terrorism that affects everyone today.

Lifelines: Charles Darwin

Lifelines: Charles Darwin

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/2011

Now available in paperback, this illustrated biography series combines non-fiction and fiction to introduce readers to famous historical characters. Each book begins with a diary, told from the point of view of a child who works for the famous person. At the end of each book there is an illustrated reference chapter.

An Act of Love

An Act of Love

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2011

Childhood friends Chris and Imran celebrate the Millenium as inseparable blood brothers, they are both seven years old. But by 2011 their lives have taken very different paths. One has joined the Army and served in Afghanistan, the other is a potential jihad recruit. They are no longer friends, and there are bitter wounds between them which remain unhealed. Will their childhood bond be strong enough to overcome an extremist plot? In a highly-charged, honest and life affirming story, told in flashback from both Chris and Imran's viewpoint, Alan Gibbon's cleverly explores the very real issue of terrorism that affects everyone today.

Rib Ticklers

Rib Ticklers

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/2010

The Dying Photo

The Dying Photo

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/07/2010

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? Taut ghost story based on a blurb by a Year 6 boy from a Liverpool primary school who won a city-wide competition.Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

Witch Breed Book 4

Witch Breed Book 4

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2010

When Paul arrives in 17th century London, he expects to be thrown into a life or death struggle for the three gates that imprison the ancient King Lud. But the battle doesn't come. Instead, Paul roams alone, learning how to survive in a city where all the talk is of the savage civil war that rages beyond its ramparts. Somewhere underground, Lud is waiting in his crypt, preparing to rise again. War, fear and want are his tools. But Paul too has his own weapons and is gaining strength and losing inhibitions about using it. Meanwhile, beyond the city, innocent women are being killed for it is so easy to claim that they are witches. One woman - whether innocent or guilty - possesses the only power available that can help Paul in his quest.

Injury Time

Injury Time

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2010

The Rough Diamonds are a close knit team. Kev McGovern, their captain, makes sure they work hard and play hard. Kev is stunned when he discovers that Dave has to cope with epilepsy. When he suffers a major attack, the victory the Rough Diamonds are so desperate to win, hangs in the balance.

Total Football: Power Play Book 6

Total Football: Power Play Book 6

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2010

The Rough Diamonds are a close knit team. Kev McGovern makes sure they work hard and play hard. Kev doesn't make any allowances. That goes for the new boy Chris Power who's just signed up with the Diamonds. Can he earn a place in their affections when he's living in achildren's home and trying to make sense of what's happened in his life...?

Total Football: Last Man Standing Book 5

Total Football: Last Man Standing Book 5

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2010

The Rough Diamonds are a close knit team. Kev McGovern, their captain, makes sure they work hard and play hard. Right now, John O'Hara feels he's on the verge of losing everything. His family is about to break up. He's dumbstruck when he finds out that his Mum is seeing his teacher, and Dad...well the less said the better. John feels lonely and insecure; none of this is helping his street cred with the lads, and worse still his form on the pitch is really suffering.

Total Football: Divided We Fall Book 3

Total Football: Divided We Fall Book 3

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2010

The Rough Diamonds are a close knit team. Kev McGovern, their captain, makes sure they work hard and play hard. When Kev's best mate, Jamie's world is wrecked by dirty play off the pitch, he's desperate to get everything back to normal.

Total Football: Final Countdown Book 8

Total Football: Final Countdown Book 8

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2010

The Rough Diamonds are a close knit team. Kev McGovern, their captain, makes sure they work hard and play hard. Kev has lived total football and worked the Rough Diamonds to the top - but will the ghosts from his past come back to haunt him, ruining all their chances and snatching victory from them?

Total Football: Twin Strikers Book 7

Total Football: Twin Strikers Book 7

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2010

The Rough Diamonds are a close knit team. Kev McGovern, their captain, makes sure they work hard and play hard. The Rough Diamonds are struggling with injuries and loss of form. Talented twin brothers, and new team members, Liam and Conor Savage, should be the answer to all their problems - but could they turn out to be the biggest problem of all?

Moving on

Moving on

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/03/2009

Should Minty follow a traditional Traveller life? Or can she find a new way? A truthful powerful look at Gypsies and Travelllers today. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

Hell's Underground: The Demon Assassin Book 2

Hell's Underground: The Demon Assassin Book 2

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2009

Having once risked everything precious to him to halt King Lud's progress from the ancient bowels of London to the city's modern streets, teenage Paul Rector knows his task is far from over. Paul also knows that, like his brother John and his great uncle Harry, he is both demon and man. Will it be fate that decides which side wins out? To find out, Paul takes Hell's Underground back to London of the Blitz in World War II and becomes involved in defeating Harry Rector's plot to assassinate Prime Minister Churchill. His main weapons are fire and fear. Along the way, he learns more about the Rector curse and once again endangers not only his own life, but that of the people he comes to regard as a second family.

Charles Darwin Discover the World of Darwin Through the Diary of a Ship's Boy

Charles Darwin Discover the World of Darwin Through the Diary of a Ship's Boy

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2008

This illustrated biography series combines non-fiction and fiction to introduce readers to famous historical characters. Each book begins with a diary, told from the point of view of a child who works for the famous person. At the end of each book there is an illustrated reference chapter.At ten years old, James becomes an assistant to Charles Darwin on the Beagle's second voyage, helping him collect and contain creatures that fly, scuttle, leap and hide from the naturalist. James' diary tells of an exciting moment in 19th-century history; it's a young boy's insight into the actions and thoughts of one of the world's most famous and controversial scientists.

The Number 7 Shirt

The Number 7 Shirt

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/05/2008

Jimmy dreams of becoming a pro footballer. Can he make it with the help of his heroes, all wearers of the number seven shirt? Fabulous football story, covering the stars from Best to Beckham Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

Hell's Underground: Scared to Death

Hell's Underground: Scared to Death

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2008

Late one night after a strange tube journey to Whitechapel in East London, Paul makes a new friend, John Redman - daring and enigmatic, just as Paul longs to be, away from his cloying mother (his only family - so he thinks). Redman charms Paul at once, but also a girl called Jude they meet on a night about town. A few days later, Paul learns that Jude has mysteriously died, and Redman has disappeared. Shortly after that, one of Paul's teacher dies suddenly - frightened to death - near where Jude's body was found. A link for sure. And Paul feels implicated, because both victims were known to him. He senses Redman, who comes and goes as it suits him, is involved as well. His new friend is dangerous. But so, we learn, is Paul. In uncovering the truth about Redman he learns shocking facts about himself. There's an evil curse loose in his family and Paul is the latest inheritor. The spree of death - camouflagued as copycat Jack the Ripper-style murders - will continue until Paul confronts the demon in himself head on.

Night Hunger

Night Hunger

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/04/2008

John doesn't know what's happening to him...and he's scared. Ever since strange, sexy Beth sank her teeth into him, John's been feeling...hungry. He craves meat...most of all at night. John knows his hunger's leading him to a dark place, and he's not sure if he'll be able to stop it...Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

Hell's Underground: Scared to Death

Hell's Underground: Scared to Death

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/07/2007

Late one night after a strange tube journey to Whitechapel in East London, Paul makes a new friend, John Reaper - daring and enigmatic, just as Paul longs to be, away from his cloying mother (his only family - so he thinks). Redman charms Paul at once, but also a girl called Jude they meet on a night about town. A few days later, Paul learns that Jude has mysteriously died, and Redman has disappeared. Shortly after that, one of Paul's teacher dies suddenly - frightened to death - near where Jude's body was found. A link for sure. And Paul feels implicated, because both victims were known to him. He senses Redman, who comes and goes as it suits him, is involved as well. His new friend is dangerous. But so, we learn, is Paul. In uncovering the truth about Redman he learns shocking facts about himself. There's an evil curse loose in his family and Paul is the latest inheritor. The spree of death - camouflagued as copycat Jack the Ripper-style murders - will continue until Paul confronts the demon in himself head on.

Hell's Underground: Scared to Death

Hell's Underground: Scared to Death

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2007

Late one night after a strange tube journey to Whitechapel in East London, Paul makes a new friend, John Redman - daring and enigmatic, just as Paul longs to be, away from his cloying mother (his only family - so he thinks). Redman charms Paul at once, but also a girl called Jude they meet on a night about town. A few days later, Paul learns that Jude has mysteriously died, and Redman has disappeared. Shortly after that, one of Paul's teacher dies suddenly - frightened to death - near where Jude's body was found. A link for sure. And Paul feels implicated, because both victims were known to him. He senses Redman, who comes and goes as it suits him, is involved as well. His new friend is dangerous. But so, we learn, is Paul. In uncovering the truth about Redman he learns shocking facts about himself. There's an evil curse loose in his family and Paul is the latest inheritor. The spree of death - camouflagued as copycat Jack the Ripper-style murders - will continue until Paul confronts the demon in himself head on.

The Legendeer Trilogy

The Legendeer Trilogy

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2007

SHADOW OF THE MINOTAUR, VAMPYR LEGION and WARRIORS OF THE RAVEN are computer games that open the gateway between our own world and the realm of myth and legend, with heroes and monsters, daring deeds and narrow escapes, triumphs and tragedies. Over the course of three exhilarating novels, our hero Phoenix escapes the workaday ordeal of his own life in order to face the evil Gamesmaster - not once, but three times. Every time he goes back he risks all as the stakes become increasingly higher, and he learns the Gamesmaster's merciless power knows no bounds. As he approaches his final conflict, the journey becomes heartstopping. Our future depends on his ...

The Greatest

The Greatest

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2006

First-class, award-winning authors interweave a gripping narrative with stacks of fun facts. This work caters particularly for the tastes of reluctant readers who would rather read about topics they're interested in than fiction - especially suitable for boys. It features fun, top-quality illustrations on almost every page. It is tested by consultants at every stage of production. Chris is the best boxer in the county. He's been picking on Ali for ages. Now Ali has to stand up for himself - just like his hero, Muhammed Ali. It's time to go in...and win?

Setting of a Cruel Sun

Setting of a Cruel Sun

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/09/2006

The Helat rebels have broken the power of the demon lord and challenged the rule of their masters, the Sol-ket. But the Darkwing is merely in retreat, biding his time, and the Sol-ket will fight to their last breath to keep control of their golden cities. The power of the slaves is mounting as they rise to fulfil once-forbidden prophecies. When the Darkwing returns for his final onslaught, is anyone, soldier or slave, equipped to defeat him - especially as the cruel sun sets, beckoning a devastatingly relentless winter? A brilliant continuation of the journey begun in RISE OF THE BLOOD MOON, this novel also stands alone, with its own twists, turns and surprises for characters and readers alike. Be prepared for changes of allegiance, surprise new arrivals, and sudden deaths. Page-turning and unpredictable from start to finish.

Rise of the Blood Moon

Rise of the Blood Moon

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2006

It has always been this way. The Helati are slaves. Each month, at the full moon, they are expelled to face the demon host, the Lost Souls. But something has changed in the fabric of the times. The demons are controlled by a new master, the Darkwing. Now the danger is permanent, the horror incessant. In a southern port, however, a fourteen year old slave girl, oblivious of her destiny, holds the key to ending the nightmare of the Lost Souls. But will she ever understand the secret that is hidden deep in her memory, the secret of the Black Tower? Alan Gibbons' latest novel is an epic fantasy that takes you through a fabled land, reminiscent of a mythical ancient India. On a roller-coaster ride you will meet shape-shifters, demons, magic, tyrants, an evil lord who is the master of the living dead and countless fighters for evil...and for good.

Hold On

Hold On

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2005

When Annie returns from an extended stay in Canada, she discovers that her friend, John, has killed himself. Annie is devastated by his death and is determined to confront those she believes responsible - a group of boys from her school, who bullied John mercilessly in the months before he died. But Annie's parents and friends don't share her wish to bring the boys to justice. She finds herself treading a lonely path - and soon discovers that nothing is straightforward. She is helplessly attracted to one of the boys, and when she reads John's diary, it's clear that they weren't the only ones to cause him so much unhappiness...Alan tells John's story in an unsentimental and compassionate novel, but he also tells Annie's story which is as much about moving on and looking forward to the future, as about the tragic waste of a young life.

Shadow of the Minotaur

Shadow of the Minotaur

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/02/2004

What's the hook? Fast pace and constant action keeps boys reading. What are the themes? Bullying, loneliness and the nature of heroism. Teaching points? Exciting exploration of the Greek myths to work on myths and legends. Vivid themes can bead to engaging oral and written work.

The Lost Boys' Appreciation Society

The Lost Boys' Appreciation Society

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2004

Gary was flicking beany gunge on my flawless new Ellesse top - I was yelling at him. What a pillock! Mum was dead, well - fatally injured - she died later in hospital. We just didn't know it at the time. Gary, John and Dad, too, are lost without Mum. Gary is only 14 and goes seriously off the rails, getting involved with local thugs and teetering on the brink of being on the wrong side of the law. John is wrestling with the GCSEs and his first romance - the gorgeous Olivia Bellman. But he's carrying the burden of trying to cope with Gary and Dad at the same time. And they're all living with the memories of someone they can never replace. Alan Gibbons has an extraordinary knack of knowing just what it's like to be a teenager. He writes here with compassion - and flashes of humour - about surviving against all the odds.

Night Hunger

Night Hunger

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2004

A terrifying werewolf story for reluctant readers. Ever since the strange, sexy Beth sank her teeth into him at a disco, John's been feeling...hungry. He craves meat, especially at night. John knows his hunger's leading him to a dark place, and he's not sure if he'll be able to stop it.

Caught in the Crossfire

Caught in the Crossfire

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2003

Set in a Northern town, where right-wingers are determined to stir up hatred and racial prejudice, CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE is about six teenagers whose lives are woven together by a series of shocking and tragic events. A British Muslim brother and sister, two Irish brothers who take different sides, and two lads out looking for trouble: all of them get caught in the crossfire. Inspired by the Oldham riots and the events of September 11th, this is a book that needed to be written. It is a chilling account of what is happening in Britain today, but as always Alan Gibbons writes with humour and understanding and is utterly on the wavelength of his many readers.

The Cold Heart of Summer

The Cold Heart of Summer

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/08/2002

When Debbie's father starts renovating a house, Debbie is terrified by sightings of a girl killed there 50 years ago. This is a chilling ghost story. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

The Edge

The Edge

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2002

Winner of the Angus Book Award, THE EDGE is crackly with tension. How will this mother and son escape their abuser and start a new life? We've got to go. Now. It's early morning and Danny's mother is at his bedside, urging him to get up. They're on the run from Chris, his mother's boyfriend, a violent man who beats them both up, and won't let them go. Chris pursues Danny and his mother from London to the north, where they take refuge with Danny's grandparents. But even there, nothing is safe. Danny is conspicuous as the only mixed-race boy in their small community, and with the ever-present threat of discovery, he has to learn how to live continually on the edge. A tense and chilling story with terrific drama, THE EDGE shows the depth of character and the understanding of the predicaments of children today that gives Alan Gibbons his special quality.

Julie and Me: Julie and Me . . . and Michael Owen Makes Three

Julie and Me: Julie and Me . . . and Michael Owen Makes Three

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2001

Part One: Mad About the Girl, or Phil Neville's Lunge Part Two: Wanting the Girl, or Michael Owen's Hair Part Three: Getting the Girl, or David Beckham's Knee Part Four: Losing the Girl, or Theatre of Dreams The day Terry sees Julie in the gym for the first time is the day of the England vs Romania match - the latest of the Great English Disasters - and the day his father announces that he's going to walk out. Things couldn't be worse. Only they could. Gorgeous Julie is a Liverpool fan. Even if he could summon up the courage to speak to her, Terry has a problem. This is Terry's diary as he tries to cope simultaneously with first love, the unexpected break-up of his parents' marriage, and the traumas of the Beautiful Game. A lighthearted, fast-paced, bang-up-to-the-minute and totally credible account of a 15-year-old boy who worries that he looks like Chris Evans, it is Alan Gibbons at his best and most readable.

The Legendeer: Warriors of the Raven

The Legendeer: Warriors of the Raven

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/04/2001

The Legendeer opens the gateway between our world and the world of the myths, between triumph and tragedy. The Gamesmaster almost has us at his mercy. Twice before fourteen-year-old Phoenix has battled against him in Shadow of the Minotaur and Vampyr Legion, but Warriors of the Raven is the game at its most complex and deadly level. Set in the world of Norse myth, Phoenix enters the arena for the final conflict. Join him in Asgard to fight Loki, the Mischief-maker, the terrifying Valkyries, dragons and fire demons - and hope for victory. Our future depends on him. The Legendeer is more than just a game. Play it if you dare.

The Legendeer: Vampyr Legion

The Legendeer: Vampyr Legion

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/12/2000

A gripping, virtual reality thriller - the second title in The Legendeer trilogy. What if there are places where our nightmares live and wait for us? Phoenix has found one and it's alive. Armies of bloodsucking vampyrs and terrifying werewolves, the creatures of our darkest dreams, are poised to invade our world. After his battle with the evil Gamesmaster in SHADOW OF THE MINOTAUR, Phoenix knows this is for real. As he prepares to enter the second deadly computer game in The Legendeer series, he knows he must win or never come back. The Legendeer is more than just a game. Play it if you dare.

The Legendeer: Shadow Of The Minotaur

The Legendeer: Shadow Of The Minotaur

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2000

'Real life' or the death defying adventures of the Greek myths, with their heroes and monsters, daring deeds and narrow escapes - which would you choose? For Phoenix it's easy. He hates his new home and the new school where he is bullied. He's embarrassed by his computer geek dad. But when he logs on to The Legendeer, the game his dad is working on, he can be a hero. He is Theseus fighting the terrifying Minotaur, or Perseus battling with snake-haired Medusa. It feels as though he's really there ? The Legendeer is more than just a game. Play it if you dare.

Ganging Up

Ganging Up

Author: Alan Gibbons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/05/1996

John and Gerry have always been friends, brought together by their passion for football. Then Gerry's dad loses his job and everything turns sour. The two boys had always steered clear of the gangs at school, but Gerry gets drawn in and now he and John find themselves standing on opposite sides. Set in a tough inner city Liverpool estate, this story is about friendships, rivalries and survival played out at school and on the football fields.

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