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The Dark Beneath - Alan Gibbons

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Published: 23rd December 2010
For Ages: 12+ years old
Format: ePUB

Alan Gibbons page-turning novel about a girl being stalked is taut with menace, full of drama and knife-edge twists and turns leading to a chilling climax.

'Today I shot the girl I love'.

GCSE’s are over and sixteen-year-old Imogen is looking forward to a perfect, lazy English summer.

But her world is turned upside down by three refugees, all hiding from life. Anthony is fourteen, already an outcast, bullied and shunned by his peers. Farid is an asylum seeker from Afghanistan, who has travelled across continents seeking peace. And Gordon Craig is a bitter, lonely man.

She knows all of them, but she doesn’t know how dangerous they are.

Being part of their lives could cost Imogen her own. Supercharged with tension and drama, Alan Gibbon’s novel is about what happens when the fabric of normality is ripped apart exposing the terrifying dark beneath.

About the Author

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. Previous Books: The Demon Assassin, Hell's Underground 4 Witch Breed, Scared to Death, Total Football Twin Strikers, Total Football: Divided We Fall, Total Football: Final Countdown.


Dark but quite believable...


I have read other books by this author and liked them. He has a tight style which builds and builds in suspense and you become very engaged with outcomes for the characters. This book looks at relationships and our biases. A very relevant book as refugees flood our shores and other countries as well. I would recommend it in all high schools.



The Dark Beneath

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"Gibbons is a writer who wears his political heart on his sleeve...[he] takes readers by the ears and forces them to focus on social injustices of many kinds...In The Dark Beneath, Gibbons shows a softer side, retaining the unflinching focus that characterises his work, this time on the plight of asylum seekers... He challenges his readers to learn from what they read and how his story makes them feel." -- Lindsey Fraser Guardian, 18 November 2003 "This book is amazing and original". Lancashire Book of the Year Reviews, 2005

ISBN: 9781842550977
ISBN-10: 1842550977
Audience: Children
For Ages: 12 - 15 years old
For Grades: 4 - 6
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 181
Published: 12th July 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.159
Edition Number: 1