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Hold On

Written by Alan Gibbons

Hold On Synopsis

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.

Hold On Press Reviews

'Alan Gibbons is known for his striking insight into the world of contemporary teenagers and his ability to depict that world in gripping, fast-paced prose.' -- Kate Agnew GUARDIAN (EDUCATION) 'powerful' -- Edward Malnick INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 'Teenagers will relate to many aspects of the story... Gibbons handles this difficult subject with all the necessary care. -- India Fearnley ILKLEY GAZETTE/WHARFDALE OBSERVER 'a brilliant page-turner... Shocking and stunning.' -- Stephen Crawford BRAT 'This well written story deals with sensitive subjects with understanding and compassion.' -- Andrey Baker SCHOOL LIBRARIAN 'a very good book which makes you wonder about suicide or bullying and why people do that.' TEEN TITLES

Book Information

ISBN: 9781842551769
Publication date: 1st September 2005
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: 176 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: 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. He lives in Liverpool with his wife and four children.

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