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The Trap: terrorism, heroism and everything in between

Alan Gibbons

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For National Curriculum Key Stage 3, Interest age: from c 12 years, Fiction, Espionage & spy thriller, Thrillers (Children's / Teenage), Social issues: war & conflict issues (Children's /

A politically charged teen thriller about espionage, a missing brother and the ever-raging war on terror, perfect for fans of Malorie Blackman and Robert Muchamore.

Terrorism, heroism and everything in between...

THE TRAP is a teen thriller about espionage, a missing brother and the ever-raging war on terror by million-copy-selling author, Alan Gibbons.

MI5 agent, Kate, receives a tip-off about an asset, who seems too good to be true. Amir and Nasima are trying to make friends at their new school but struggling to keep a terrible secret. A group of jihadists are planning something. And behind it all stands Majid. Brother. Son. Hero. Terrorist.

Spanning Iraq, Syria and England, THE TRAP grapples with one of the greatest challenges of our time.

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Praise for The Trap: terrorism, heroism and everything in between

  • Some books can change the world for the better - this is one of them. All young people should be advised to read it. - THE SUN on Hate

  • Very few authors would have the expertise to so beautifully capture such difficult emotions without making the novel an explicit one. - THE GUARDIAN on Hate

  • Gibbons clarifies but never simplifies the issues involved. The least escapist thriller imaginable, and yet as exciting, and often as much fun as Horowitz. - DAILY TELEGRAPH on An Act of Love

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Alan Gibbons

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 a key supporter of a high-profile, nationwide campaign to champion libraries and librarianship and to reevaluate government commitment to educational spending. He lives in Liverpool with his wife and four children. Alan is an honorary CILIP member.

Visit Alan's website at, read his blog at, follow him on Twitter @mygibbo, Facebook and Flickr

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