By Tristan Bancks
Children’s Book Council of Australia 2018 Notable Book
Winner, KOALA and YABBA Children’s Choice Book Awards
Shortlisted 2018 Adelaide Festival Literature Awards
In the middle of the night, Sam is woken by angry voices from the apartment above.
He goes to the window to see what’s happening – only to hear a struggle, and see a body fall from the sixth-floor balcony. Pushed, Sam thinks.
Sam goes to wake his father Harry, a crime reporter, but Harry is gone. And when Sam goes downstairs, the body is gone, too. But someone has seen Sam, and knows what he’s witnessed.
The next twenty-four hours could be his last.
Recommended for ages 10+
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Suspense in spades. You will be utterly gripped by Sam’s story.
Bancks intelligently imbues The Fall with themes of family, male connection, resilience and mortality in an engaging, action-filled coming-of-age story that explores what it means to be a hero.