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The Icarus Show

Written by Sally Christie

Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 13+ readers General Fiction Recommended Children's eBooks Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE)

LoveReading View on The Icarus Show

One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award   There’s something appealing just about the format and feel of this book – a small hardback, it looks inviting and eminently readable. And it is just that. Alex is getting by at school through the simple expedient of making himself invisible. But the balance of power there changes with the arrival of mysterious notes from someone calling themselves Icarus, promising to fly. As excitement spreads, and Alex learns who Icarus is, the knowledge is both thrilling and troubling – after all, Icarus’s flight ended in tragedy. Ultimately, though it considers some of the most depressing and depressingly familiar aspects of human behaviour, this is a story of hope, with a little nod to magic in it too.  ~ Andrea Reece

From the same publisher, and in the same pick-up-able format, the Costa shortlisted Jessica’s Ghost takes a similarly thoughtful and life-affirming look at friendship.

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The Icarus Show Synopsis

Alex has worked out a foolproof way to avoid being picked on. Don't React. It's so simple, it's brilliant! David does react and becomes an outcast, nicknamed Bogsy. He's branded a weirdo, and Alex is determined to avoid the same fate. But one day, Alex gets a note in his bag that forces him out of his safe little world. Who sent the note? And is it true - will a boy really fly?

A powerful story about friendship, loneliness and a strange kind of genius.

The Icarus Show Reader Reviews

Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews here.

  • Rose Roberts, age 12 - 'The Icarus Show by Sally Christie is one of the best books I have read this month. I absolutely loved it. It is a well-written story with a plot line that makes you want to just keep on reading.'
  • Rachel Ilsley, age 12 - 'I really enjoyed this book, and could not put it down! It is an exciting plot, full of mystery and confusion. I also like the author’s style of writing.'
  • Benjy Randall, age 12 - 'Brilliant book with page turning suspense!'
  • Edel Waugh - 'Loved this book.'
  • Rebekah Marsh, age 13 - 'The Icarus Show shows the development of a beautiful friendship. Is it unique? Yes. Is it obscure? Yes. But these factors all contribute to how utterly and totally I enjoyed reading the book.'
  • Mia Coffman, age 12 - 'The Icarus Show was a brilliant book with a gripping plot. It was quite a slow start to the book which in my opinion I didn't really like but once I got into it, I couldn't put it down.'
  • Jamie Bamford, age 12 - 'A brilliant book which follows the emotions and lives of two teenage boys.  Brilliant story! I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes a good novel that keeps you reading well into the night.' 
  • Jodi Coffman, age 13 - 'I really enjoyed this book as it relates to everyone at school and deals with important issues that many people go through.  It an extremely unique book and something different to read.'
  • Ofelia Tavares, age 13 - 'I found it a truly interesting read and it was a genre I have not read much of before...it was very well written and definitely addressed a few key issues.' 

The Icarus Show Press Reviews

'An absorbing tale'  Guardian

'An absolutely beautifully crafted read, with unforgettable characters who will truly get under your skin' The Bookseller

'A life-affirming look at friendship, with a little magic in it too'  Absolutely Education Magazine

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781910200919
Publication date: 05/01/2017
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781910200483
Publication date: 07/01/2016
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781910200919
Publication date: 5th January 2017
Author: Sally Christie
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 268 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: General Fiction, Personal Social Health Economic
Recommendations: eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Sally Christie

Sally Christie's first job, nearly thirty years ago, was with a publisher of children's books. While she was there, she had a go at writing herself and (cunningly calling herself Syd Carter) sent the story to an editor in her own office. It was accepted. She has grown up a lot since then, with two notable results: The Icarus Show is a much better story than Syd's was; and she felt able to submit it to David Fickling Books under her own name.

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