The Climbers

The Climbers

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In this compelling story of teenage rivalry and friendship, award-winning author Keith Gray captures the subtle agonies and reality of life growing up in a small town.

Sully is the best climber in the village. He can scale the Twisted Sister's tangled branches and clamber up Double Trunker with ease. But when new kid Nottingham shows up and astonishes everyone with his climbing skills, Sully's status is under threat and there's only one way to prove who's best. Sully and Nottingham must race to climb the last unnamed tree. Whoever makes it to the top will become a legend. But something spiteful and ugly has reared its head in Sully ... Is it worth losing everything just to reach the top?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 12mm | 205g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1781129991
  • 9781781129999
  • 47,284

Review quote

"Keith Gray is the real deal, a writer of intelligence, toughness, and heart. The Climbers is a moving, surprising story of competition, self-awareness, friendship, and the more you look, the deeper the damn thing gets." -- Patrick Ness "Gray's writing is taut and unflinching. This is a powerful punch of a book" -- Marcus Sedgwick "What a magnificent writer Keith Gray is ... Short and direct, yet as complex and intricate as the twisted and treacherous trees his characters ascend" -- Anthony McGowan "If [Keith Gray] had been writing when I was a kid, then I would have been a reader ... He understands what it means to be a teenager ... The Climbers is a gem of a book" -- Phil Earle "Keith Gray is a master storyteller. Something as simple as tree climbing reverberates with deeper psychological tension. Climbing and reaching are about more than scaling trees. This is a compact but profound story about hubris, friendship and loyalty" -- Nikki Gamble, Book Blast round-up "Keith Gray's writing is the perfect balance of grit and beauty. At first glance, The Climbers appears to be a story about two rival boys climbing trees, but it's so much more than that. Raw and true, this is a remarkable book" -- Lesley Parr, author of The Valley of Lost Secrets
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About Keith Gray

KEITH GRAY's debut novel Creepers was published when he was only 24 and was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. His subsequent books include Ostrich Boys which was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal as well as the Costa Children's Book Award and has been adapted for the stage, The Last Soldier which was shortlisted for the Scottish Teen Book Awards, and The Runner which won the Smarties Silver Medal. Keith lives with his family in Vienna, Austria, where he co-founded the writer development community Kulturverein: Sunday Writers' Club.
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