Raining Fire

Alan Gibbons

10-12 years
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16 January 2014
304 pages

The gun is the coward's fist. The gun is power.

Alex and Ethan are growing up on an estate where there are just two choices: sport or crime.

Ethan is selected for a football training programme in the US, his chance to escape the gangs that terrorise his neighbourhood. But Alex is drawn into an explosive feud with a gun at its heart.

In this gripping and absorbing real life thriller, Alan Gibbons explores the complex issue of gun crime, and the far reaching consequences it can have.

The characters in this moving and fast-paced story are real and the dilemmas they face believable. There are no easy solutions here, but courage and integrity shine through.


Adventurous, breath-taking and realistic

Isaac, Bolingbroke Academy, Year 8, Books For Keeps

Fast-paced and straight-talking, Alan Gibbons' writing always does justice to the moral complexities of the problems it sets out to explore

Book Trust