The Fall, Paperback Book
5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Mog and his mates are bored. Their school's a dump - the type of place kids get expelled to.

Their lives seem pointless. The most exciting thing they do is 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...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
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  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9781842994863

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Over the last five years or so Anthony McGowan has been making a name for himself: his books for teenagers are some of the very best around right now. Henry Tumour (or Jack Tumor as it’s known in the US) and The Knife That Killed Me are both particularly good (and, for younger readers, Einstein’s Underpants is brilliant too). But if you’re looking for a first taste of Anthony McGowan’s writing, The Fall (a Barrington Stoke book) is a great place to start.The story in The Fall captures one of the defining moments in anyone’s life as they grow up: the point where friends thrown together by circumstance (here, school) begin to look at each other more clearly and decide whether they really like each other enough to stay friends. The choices Mog makes in The Fall change him forever.As ever, McGowan pinpoints the minutiae of ugliness and beauty, desperation, hope and darkness that make up his characters’ emotional lives. The Fall is a small and perfect gem. It might even be the best thing this excellent author has written yet.