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					              The Edge
                   Alan Gibbons

                Can a brutal killer be a hero?

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where his Mum goes Danny has to follow. Thus he ends up on the
grim, hostile Edgecliff Estate, a small community on the edge of a small
town. Perhaps Danny would have managed to cope with the move if he
was white. But he is mixed race with a white mother and a black father.
The Edgecliff Estate is almost exclusively white and has more than its
fair share of racists. And not only does Danny have to deal with the
racist taunts and abuse of kids at his new school, he also has to deal
with the prejudice of his grandfather, Harry. This is an unflinching
examination of life on the edge both literally and metaphorically as
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society. Gripping and edgy from beginning to end!

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No two people read a book the same
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help you finalise your thoughts. Order
them from 1-10, one being the statement
with which you agree most.
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This novel is mainly about running away from
your worst fears

The Edge is about overcoming your worst fears

This is a book that explores the racism that
exists in small towns

This novel focuses on the process of coming to
love your own family after a major disagreement

The Edge is a book about correcting the
mistakes of the past

This book is about the need to use violence on

This novel is about the terrible consequences of

The Edge chronicles the experience of starting a
new life

The main focus of this novel is about how to
stand up to bullies

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 prompts below to give
 you some good starting
 points. Also feel free to
 think up questions of                                    Book
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1. Discuss the beginning of the novel. As a thriller how does it try
to grab your attention? Is it successful in doing so?

2. Is the racism on the Edgecliff Estate believable? Do you agree
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communities but not in big cities?

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4. The narration is told in the third person but each section focuses
on a different person. What is the effect of this unusual narrative
structure? Why do you think the author chooses to use it?

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meet believable?

6. What are the roles of Chris and Steve? Which do you find most
offensive? Why?

7. There is a lot of violence in the novel. Which episodes of
violence stand out in your mind? How do you think the book tries
to deal with this violence?

8. Discuss what you think should happen to Chris.

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10. Is this a good book, a good story, both or neither?

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B y n t eB o …
All about Alan Gibbons …
Alan Gibbons must be a very busy man. As well as writing a large
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number of critically acc i d c irn n v l o e te p s te e                v
years, he also works as a writer-in-residence at two schools close to
Liverpool and runs writing workshops in other schools –in fact, his
website ( explains that he visits about 150
schools in a year! All this leads him to question his own identity. He is
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feels his dB y esbenefits froml vcontinued close involvement with
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young people, with many of his own ideas coming from the writing
workshops he runs. In particular, he is interested in writing for boys and
why boys tend to underachieve in their own writing compared to girls.

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Aa ’ w i gc v r ma ytpics and genres. His earlier work included
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favourite sport, and his latest work is the fantasy Lost Souls Series, two
sequenced novels entitled Rise of the Blood Moon and Setting of a
Cruel Sun.

And finally: if you like The Edge te c e ko th s tls…
                                  h n h c u te e ite

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 Minotaur, by Alan              Crossfire,                      Man,
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   based on Greek             racial conflict is          from the UK to
  myth and legend            exploited by white         Siberian Russia in
becomes all too real.          supremacists.                this gripping

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