A gripping - and darkly humorous - tale from a multi-award-winning author.
Ian's best friend - his next-door neighbour, Stolly, who is like a brother to him - is in hospital. Again. For Stolly has always had accident after accident and, through Ian's memories as he sits and waits for Stolly to wake up, we discover just what a remarkable character Stolly is.... But could his fall be... deliberate this time? A moving, powerful and dramatic novel from a previous Children's Laureate, The Times has described this as 'Typical Anne Fine- intelligent, funny and true' and the book received overall superb reviews on publication in hardback.
“Bound to command attention... Stolly, the eccentric hazard-prone hero... is magnificiently evoked for us through a series of recollections and beside musings of his best friend Ian”
Times Educational Supplement
“Subtle and entertaining... will make children of both sexes accept unusualness and difference, both in themselves and in others. This book will move them, and it will make them laugh”
The Sunday Times
“...while Up on Cloud Nine is witty and compelling, the message it carries to adult readers does not make for comfortable reading. Here is a picture of modern childhood tragic at its centre, however frequently comic on the outside...[Nonetheless] Fine is not one to leave her young readers stripped of hope...her stories for children...always end on a note of reconciliation...[a] brave and sometimes brilliant book. And as always with Anne Fine, the jokes are excellent.”
“'Anne Fine's Up on Cloud Nine is possibly one of the best books you will ever read. Character-led, beautifully crafted, uplifting and life-affirming, Fine's masterpiece tells the story of a deep friendship between two boys...Anne Fine is certainly on form in this extraordinary, unforgettable novel...she really hits the spot with a sublime, involving novel...contains all the hallmarks of a classic work of fiction.' ”
“'This latest novel from the Children's Laureate may be inspired by the phenomenon of teenage suicide, but there is nothing grim or mawkish about it: a wonderfully funny and perceptive glimpse of the inner lives of boys'”
“"..is an original and deeply memorable book... How Stolly learned to appreciate his inspirational nature makes for a wonderful and stimulating novel. This is a powerful read that lingers long after the last page is read. Don't miss it."”
“'A cracking new book for older children..... Like all her best work, this book is perfectly pitched to hook in even the most reluctant reader. The tone is fresh, funny and direct while strongly underpinned with genuine emotion' ”
“... funny,touching novel which shows Anne Fine on top form. Stolly is one of the most endearing and original characters to have appeared in children's literature for a long time... satisfyingly uplifting”