Thursday, 2 June 2011

The Fall by Anthony McGowan (Young Adult, Dyslexia friendly, Intended Age 14+, Reading age 8+, 8/10E)

May 2011, Barrington Stoke 
96 pages, Paperback
Review copy 

School life, bullies/thugs, troublemakers, dares, rats, crossbow, fox, a fridge, scapegoat, a few scenes of violence/gore

Summary from Barrington Stoke 
Mog and his mates are bored. Their school's a dump - the type of place kids get expelled to. Their lives seem pointless - they spend their time at school messing around or going out thieving. The most exciting thing to do is to jump over the beck: the polluted stream at the back of the school. And it's there that two separate events occur which will change Mog's life forever ..

Nayuleska's reasons for liking Mog....I don't like him at all, especially not what he does, but he provides me an insight into the mind of a trouble maker/thug. 

How evil/nasty is the enemy? Pretty evil when asking people to do a dare which they know will go wrong, also beating up people isn't a sign of a good heart. 

Are there plenty of plot twists and surprises? There were definitely a few shocking scenes in this book. Don't read if you're squeamish, or are eating. 

One of my favourite parts was...I mean this in a friendly way - when it ended. Mog realises something about himself which is very true. 

Suggested reads
For something equally dark check out Mr Monster (It has a lot more gore/violence) 

If you want to read a book filled with horror and suspense, check out The Dying Photo by Alan Gibbons 

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