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A Strange Land

Written by Alan Gibbons

Illustrated by Alan Brown

Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 13+ readers General Fiction

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Interest Age Teen   Reading Age 7   Alan Gibbons tackles bullying and racism head on in this gripping short novel, and shows how closely linked they are. Like everyone in his school, Jack is intimidated by The Blokes, a gang of half a dozen kids who pull the strings, make the rules. They’re openly racist but no-one seems able to stand up to them. Jack will do what they say, even when it means hurting his new friend Hassan, because The Blokes have got something on him, something to use as blackmail. But you can only scare someone who is ready to be scared, and The Blokes will never get through to Hassan. It’s a powerful story, well told, and one that ends on a genuine note of hope. ~ Andrea Reece

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

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A Strange Land Synopsis

Poignant and powerful narrative about intolerance, racism and standing up to bullies.

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+

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ISBN: 9781781124321
Publication date: 15/09/2015
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781124321
Publication date: 15th September 2015
Author: Alan Gibbons
Illustrator: Alan Brown
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 72 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: General Fiction

About 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’, ...

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