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Raining Fire

Written by Alan Gibbons

Raining Fire Synopsis

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.

Raining Fire Press Reviews

Fast-paced courageous and straight-talking, Alan Gibbons' writing always does justice to the moral complexities of the problems it sets out to explore. * BOOK TRUST * I believe Alan's books fulfill an important role for boy readers. Crammed with boy stuff, and written by someone with the right ideas about things. * BOOKWITCH BLOG * ...Alan Gibbons' simple but sharp and effective writing style really ratchets up the tension, and the constant, ominous presence of the gun comes to the fore. * * Raining Fire by @mygibbo is a cracking read.Paints pretty bleak snapshot of life in North West yet still tells a great story @the_orionstar * TWITTER - DUNCAN WRIGHT * Gibbons has a distinctive short, sharp writing style and his style helps to increase the tension as the book hurtles towards its tense and gripping conclusion. * LITERATURE FOR LADS - * Fast-moving and tense ... A thriller that provides an insight into street violence while never glamorising it * School Librarian * Fast-paced and straight-talking, Alan Gibbons' writing always does justice to the moral complexities of the problems it sets out to explore * Book Trust * Adventurous, breath-taking and realistic -- Isaac, Bolingbroke Academy, Year 8 * Books For Keeps * The characters in this moving and fast-paced story are real and the dilemmas they face believable. There are no easy solutions here, but courage and integrity shine through. * Carousel *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781780620275
Publication date: 7th March 2013
Author: Alan Gibbons
Publisher: Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 288 pages

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. He lives in Liverpool with his wife and has four grown up children. He travels globally and is known the length and breadth of the country for his high profile Campaign for the Book and school visits. Visit his website at, read his blog at, follow him on Twitter at, Facebook at and Flickr at

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