Crossing the Line

Crossing the Line

Children's, New & Recommended, Teenage & Young Adult
Paperback Published on: 30/03/2023
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Crossing the Line
A hard-hitting, utterly gripping, highly emotional and incredibly important book
Struggling with grief, exhaustion and unexpected hard times at home, Crossing the Line sees teenager Erik drawn into the world of County Lines. Powerfu... READ MORE
Rachael at Altrincham
Crossing the Line
Important and beautifully written verse novel!
I was sent an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review and i am so glad i read it as i have never read a book that covers this very important subj... READ MORE
Denise Gale


'Do you feel safe?'

A powerful novel exploring how teenagers can be swept up into county lines. Nominated for the Yoto Carnegie Medal 2024.

Erik's life has been falling apart ever since his dad died. Homework and being good at school stop feeling important when you're the new man of the house. When Erik's bad behaviour attracts the wrong crowd, he's sucked into a terrifying new world of drug dealing, trap houses and violence.

Making money feels good but Erik soon learns that a small favour can become a huge debt.

And when his sisters' lives are threatened, Erik will have to cross one more line to save them.

Written in stunning verse, this is a poignant story about seeking safety and asking for help in times of crisis.

  • Publisher: Hot Key Books
  • ISBN: 9781471413049
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Weight: 255g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm

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Crossing the Line
"A very powerful and poignant verse novel."
This is a very powerful and poignant verse novel. We follow Eric as he gets involved in drugs, crossing the country line to sell drugs to help his family. ... READ MORE
Crossing the Line
A great verse novel for teens about the dangerous world of drug gangs
I read this book in one sitting. It’s a gripping verse novel about Eric, a grieving teenager who finds himself bullied and then groomed into a county lines... READ MORE
M Dulak
Crossing the Line
A brilliant verse novel raising awareness of County Lines.
This is a brilliant, edgy and heartbreaking read about County Lines - something I didn't know much about. Tia Fisher's verse feels effortless as though it ... READ MORE
Tracy  Curran
Crossing the Line
What an amazing book! I am a real fan of verse novels so was quick to dive into this one, and I was not disappointed. In fact, I'd go as far as to say it's... READ MORE
Cathy Faulkner
Crossing the Line
THIS is the verse novel that's had me gripped all day. Crossing The Line is a gripping and brutally honest look at #countylines and the v real threat it po... READ MORE
Emma Perry
Crossing the Line
Must read verse novel
Crossing the Line is Tia Fisher’s stunning debut verse novel - a must read! From the first page, I was caught up in the events affecting Erik’s life, hi... READ MORE
Sarah Dyer