Alan Gibbons trained as a teacher and through working with young people discovered his literary voice. He started writing fiction for his pupils and published his first novel in 1993. Alan has also appeared on the BBC education programme Writer's Block, the Blue Peter Book Awards, radio 4's Front Row, and is a regular contributor to TES, Junior Education, Carousel, Books for Keeps and other journals.
"The students enjoyed the story very much - especially the opening of chapter one, which was very dramatic. They said they got hooked in straightaway.
It was a great narrative to encourage students to think for themselves about what had happened and how the characters were feeling.
Students were keen to read and then keen to continue reading. It changed the whole attitude towards reading of two reluctant readers.
I particularly selected a Year 9 group of students who have social and communication difficulties to trial this one because of the subject content.
I was able to use it as a lead in to more work on relationships and coping with difficult situations. It is great to have a fiction text to tackle this kind of thing - more please!"
Fiona Dyson, SENCO at Southfields Academy, London