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Book title
The shock of the fall


Nathan Filer


Bibliographic information
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 978-0007491452


Links (adaptations, reviews, full texts etc.)

The theme of loss, grief and mental illness


Short summary
The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer, tells the story of Matthew and Simon, two brothers who are separated yet united by a tragic accident. While they are on vacation with their parents, Matthew Homes and his older brother snuck out in the middle of the night. Only Matthew came home safely. Ten years later, Matthew tells us, he has found a way to bring his brother back. The book is full of grief, loss and Matthew suffers from a mental disease. It’s a very unusual narrative, but also both funny and inventive. The book describes the close bonds between the main character and his grandmother.


Why is the story appropriate for the targeted groups of RSP readers?

  1. it reflects readers´ interests
  2. the recommendation and the report emerged from the survey results


What are the distinguished readers interests reflected by this book/story?


Why is this story motivational for the pupils?
The story deals with suffering and grief and how close family bonds can help overcome all the problems. The story reveals the problems of a boy who suffers from Schizophrenia.


Is there a historical, political, multi/inter cultural, migrant or similar context recognized in this book/story? 


Is there a principle of inclusion reflected in this book/story and does it promotes understanding of cultural diversities and heritage? 
It emphasizes the importance of family bonds and the bonds between siblings.

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