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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.
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.
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.
'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
|Publication date:||5th January 2017|
|Publisher:||David Fickling Books|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 13+ readers|
|Genres:||General Fiction, Personal Social Health Economic|
|Recommendations:||eBooks, Reviewed by Children|
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.More About Sally Christie