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Written by Aidan Chambers

Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4 General Fiction

LoveReading View on Blindside

Interest Age Teen, Reading Age 8  Aidan Chambers is a very fine writer, whose novels often deal with themes of self-discovery.  In Blindside, Nate, a talented young runner, is involved in a terrible road accident. Realising he’ll never run again, he becomes bitter and withdrawn, until a meeting with another young patient facing an even more testing time, leaves him ready to face whatever will come next. Chambers has chosen to describe a life-changing experience and does it honestly, and without any hint of sentimentality. The book is short, and the language simple – it’s published by Barrington Stoke, which specialises in producing books designed and written to be accessible to all readers, including reluctant or struggling ones, and those with dyslexia – but the effect is quite profound.  ~ Andrea Reece

Anthony McGowan, Guest Editor June 2015 chose Blindside as one of his favourite short novels...."Chambers is a writer of great depth and complexity, and his books are among the most challenging ever written for young adults. It’s a joy therefore to see him in simpler mode, allowing his gift for straightforward storytelling  and brilliant dialogue to shine through. Blindside is the story of Nate, a promising athlete, terribly injured in a bike accident. Nate has to find a way to come to terms both with the physical pain, and the psychological harm done by the accident. It’s a book filled with rage, but also healing. Blindside shows another one of the advantages of a short book:  it serves as an easily accessible portal in to the work of an author who can be a little forbidding..."

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

Barrington Stoke is the foremost publisher of dyslexia friendly books and those for reluctant readers.  Here on Lovereading4kids we are constantly selecting new titles and refreshing our special dyslexia friendly category.

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Blindside Synopsis

An emotionally challenging and beautifully written drama that confronts the messiness of life head-on. Pete's a brilliant runner and dreams of athletic stardom - but fate intervenes. Pete is blindsided when he is involved in a horrific bike collision and his whole life is knocked off course. Stuck in a hospital bed and lamenting the loss of his mobility as well as his shattered dreams, the other people on his ward help Pete see that giving up on life is not the answer.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

Blindside Press Reviews

Praise for the author:

“writes with a clear-eyed compassion … that doesn’t pretend to advise, but merely
sees its characters for who they really are” – Patrick Ness

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781124642
Publication date: 15th January 2015
Author: Aidan Chambers
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 96 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4
Topics: General Fiction

About Aidan Chambers

Aidan Chambers lives in Gloucestershire with his American wife, Nancy, who is the editor of Signal magazine. He divides his time between his own writing and lecturing which he does extensively in Australia, the USA and Europe. His provocative and challenging novels for teenagers and young adults have won him international acclaim.

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