Graham Downs Fiction With Feeling





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Thirteen year old James Clarke is always being picked on in school. He hates sports, and he particularly hates Stingers, a schoolyard game in which children throw tennis balls at each other. The other kids always seem to throw the ball harder, when it's at him. His physical education teacher, Mr Evans, has no sympathy for the boy, believing he just needs to toughen up a bit.

When James returns home from school after a rough game of Stingers, his mother is mortified when she sees the bruises on his arm and chest. She phones the school to try and put a stop to the cruel bullying of her son.

But her phone call only makes things worse, as the bullying escalates to levels that nobody imagined possible.

Stingers was first published in the charity anthology, "I am not Frazzle! And other stories for grown-ups".

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An exceptional read once again. Found myself completely absorbed and captivated. Look forward to downloading many more.
An absorbing read - easily done in a sitting. Very topical in South Africa at the moment.
Loved the book Stingers. The emotions of the characters came across effortlessly. Very talented writer!

ISBN Numbers

For your reference, here are the ISBN numbers for the various formats of Stingers:
  • Paperback: 1312287071 / 9781312287075
  • Paperback (Second Edition): 0620866292 / 9780620866293
  • Hardcover: 1312284390 / 9781312284395
  • E-book: 9781310610851 (Smashwords Edition)