On this shortlist:
Alan Gibbons has been writing children's books for 23 years. He was a teacher for 16 years, working with key stage 1, 2 and 3. Alan is now a full time writer and independent educational consultant. He visits schools and libraries, colleges and education conferences in the UK and overseas,
Alan’s books have been shortlisted for numerous book awards, both national and regional.
Alan lives in Liverpool with his family.
Terrorism, heroism and everything in between... The Trap is a teen thriller about espionage, a missing brother and the ever-raging war on terror. 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.
Alan supports 2 football teams – Crewe Alexandra and Manchester United.
His heroes are Spartacus and Harriet Tubman because they both fought slavery against the odds.
His favourite books are The Collected Works of Shakespeare, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and The Stand by Stephen King.
Aleksandra from Cardinal Heenan:
Thelma from prince henrys grammar school:
Cameron from Cardinal Heenan:
Phoebe from King James's School:
Laura from Manor CE Academy:
Katarina from Prince Henry's Grammar School:
Victoria from Cardinal heenan catholic high school.:
Kate from Cardinal Heenan:
Una from Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School:
Codie from leeds east academy:
Grace from Prince Henrys Grammar School:
Chloe from Prince henrys grammar school:
Daniel from Leeds City Academy:
Millie from King james's school: