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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

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.

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.

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