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'A moving, humane, funny portrait of two very different boys discovering what connects us all' Kiran Milwood Hargrave , author of The Girl of Ink and Stars
`It's amazing! Such a bold idea to have a character like Dan... you pulled it off brilliantly.' Ross Welford , author of Time Travelling with a Hamster
'I loved it' Lisa Thompson , author of The Goldfish Boy

There are two sides to every story

Dan is angry. Nothing has been the same since his big brother left, and he's taking it out on the
nearest and weakest target: Alex.

Alex is struggling. His severe OCD makes it hard for him to leave the house, especially when Dan
and his gang are waiting for him at school . . .

Then the boys' mums arrange for them to meet up and finish building the raft that Dan started with his brother. Two enemies stuck together for the whole of the school holidays - what could possibly go wrong?

Praise for ALL THE THINGS THAT COULD GO WRONG
'A touching, funny, gripping read that tackles important issues in a sensitive and thoroughly enjoyable way. Highly recommended' Stuart Robinson, author of If Ever I Fal l
'A timely story of courage and reminder of what we all share' Christopher Edge, author of The Many Worlds of Albie Bright
'Powerful and warm ... this will linger long in the mind' Guardian
'Moving, beautifully written and intensely emotional' Lancashire Evening Post
'When they say "not to be missed", this is the kind of book they mean' MinervaReads

Praise for THE BUBBLE BOY :
`Poignant, hopeful and heartbreaking' Fiona Noble - Children's Editor, The Bookseller
'Deeply moving and utterly gripping . . . Stewart Foster carries off an astonishing feat of storytelling in this exceptional book' Julia Eccleshare, lovereading.co.uk
`A gripping and deeply moving book' Jamila Gavin, author of Coram Boy
'One thing we know about good books is their amazing ability to inspire empathy in the reader; to explore ideas and viewpoints that arise from experiences that are out of our own realm. The Bubble Boy does this with warmth, quirkiness and a light-hearted touch.' Guardian

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10th July '17
I read it to Rory aged 9 aged 9 & to Addie aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
After reading Bubble Boy by the same author we knew this book was going to make us think. One chapter in and Rory and Addie both had lots of questions to ask. The characters are strong and realistic, at first Alex's list making and OCD seemed silly to Rory however as the book progressed he began to understand how Alex's brain works. We think all children should read this book as an insight into mental health and bullying, it certainly gave us cause for conversation about such issues. Even though the topics in this book are deep the story is still light and easy to read, it is definitely a page turner. Rory and Addie's favourite characters were Alex and Elliott (yet they did have a soft spot for Dan despite his bullying)
10th July '17
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
I picked this novel up after reading and enjoying Stewart Foster's "The Bubble Boy". Like that book "All the things that could go wrong" tackles difficult and sensitive issues...... in this case mental health and bullying. I found it a very quick yet deeply affecting read and found myself caring and rooting for Alex, (the boy with OCD and the one being bullied). Surprisingly I found myself doing the same for Dan, his bullying tormentor. Stewart seems to have a knack of getting into his characters heads and therefore we can really see the torment of OCD and bullying yet also have empathy for the bully. It's often surprisingly funny given the subject matter and this may help younger readers engage in a very thought provoking book.
18th July '17
Esa Mahmood Asghar read it themselves aged 13 aged 13
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5 stars
This is a beautiful story. I found myself following each character down each route they take, hurting when they were hurting, and cheering when they were cheering. I found myself really empathising with Alex, and his difficult situation.  He gets bullied at school for a mental health problem he posseses, which made me sympathise even more. His problem was OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). Whilst his lists did seem comical at first, it didn't take me long to realise the severity of his situation. However, on of the greatest things about this book is that I didn't just sympathise for Alex. Although Alex is the victim of the bullying, Stewart Foster somehow made me feel for Dan, Alex's tormentor. Dan has his own problems at home, as nothing has been the same since his brother was arrested. The beauty of this story is realising actually how similar Alex and Dan really are, and that, sometimes, there maybe a reason for why people act the way they do.
19th July '17
Esa read it themselves aged 13 aged 13
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5 stars
This is a beautiful story. I found myself following each character down each route they take, hurting when they were hurting, and cheering when they were cheering. I found myself really empathising with Alex, and his difficult situation.  He gets bullied at school for a mental health problem he posseses, which made me sympathise even more. His problem was OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). Whilst his lists did seem comical at first, it didn't take me long to realise the severity of his situation. However, one of the greatest things about this book is that I didn't just sympathise for Alex. Although Alex is the victim of the bullying, Stewart Foster somehow made me feel for Dan, Alex's tormentor. Dan has his own problems at home, as nothing has been the same since his brother was arrested. The beauty of this story is realising actually how similar Alex and Dan really are, and that, sometimes, there maybe a reason for why people act the way they do.
22nd July '17
Danmanx read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
I thought this book was great.  I knew this authors work as I read The Bubble Boy which was fantastic.  I had high expectations for this book and I wasn't disappointed. The story is really good and easy to read.  This book deals with issues such as bullying and mental health so mightn't be great for readers who are more sensitive or get upset easy.  This book is great for boys and girls.  I think due to the issues covered this book would be suitable for good readers from age 8 and up.  I can't wait to read more books by this author again.   
29th July '17
Lydib read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
I really enjoyed reading this book, i knew i would love it having read The Bubble Boy before. My favourite character was Alex. I have a parent with mental health issues so i felt i understood a bit and felt bad for him because he struggled and he was bullied too. I also really liked the character of the bully Dan, he had his own problems which is maybe why he was so mean. Its a brilliant story and one i would recommend to others.
22nd July '17
swalker read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
After reading 'bubble boy' I was expecting alot from this book. It didn't disappoint.
I'd heard of OCD before as my mum suffers from the same issue but not severe and it doesn't effect her life. It was great to get more of an insight into how it effects people in different ways.
Such a great read and can't wait to read more books in the future by this author
17th July '17
Leonjames read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
This book is a fantastic follow on to bubble boy. This one tackles the issues of mental health and bullying. This is a very deep book which makes you think alot about different things. It also gives an insight to ocd and bullying. Definitely worth the read 
8th June '17
TommyZoom42 read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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4 stars
What a great follow up to bubble. A real thought provoking book which really reasonated with my 9 year old (who's autistic). Really recommend- get ready for some 'deep' conversations about it though!
18th October '18
I read it myself (an adult)
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4 stars
This book gives a brilliant insight into the impact OCD has on a child. Little things like not being able to press the button at a pedestrian crossing for fear of germs make YOU as the reader really appreciate how much of an impact OCD has on it's sufferers.
Beautifully written  story showing both sides of bullying and friendship leaving you feeling as though it's not so easy to determine the victim in certain situations after all.
I definitely recommend this book to year 6 children and above 
24th January '18
I read it myself aged 10 aged 10
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4 stars
I thought that this was a great read, despite the main storyline being rather grown up. The two main characters (Alex and Dan) are so different, and yet their two sides of the story work incredibly well together. It is funny at some parts and sad at others, and I left me feeling a waterfall of emotions. There was never a boring bit, even though it wasn't an adventure story.

Alex has OCD-Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. He is scared to go to school, or even leave the house because of the menacing thought that is Dan and his gang. Everyday they bully him and torment him, even out of school time. Alex feels like there is nowhere left to hide.
Dan is a bully. Yet since his big brother (and idol) Ben has to leave, Dan has been angry, and that anger needed to be let out. On Alex. He's not his normal self, but he just keeps on beating up Alex until it makes him feel better.
Then, their mums arrange for the boys to meet up every weekend, to build a raft together. It was a project which Dan started with his beloved brother. Dan hates Alex for it, and everyday in the cave is torture for Alex. However, things start to loosen up...

I would most certainly recommend this book to readers aged 10+ to be read independently, although if children aged 7-9 would like to read it, I think that they should get an adult to help them.
16th July '17
I read it myself (an adult)
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4 stars
A thought provoking story about bullying and the differences between people told in a interesting way
30th July '17
HRDK read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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3 stars
Our 11 year old was really looking forward to reading another book by the author of Bubble Boy, a book he enjoyed greatly. However, unfortunately he just could not get into this book at all, and asking him to read it just resulted in an angry pre-teen. He understood that there were lots of different stories, covering various subjects such as bullying, but he did not understand what OCD was, and did not enjoy the various stories. We aborted Mission Book Review on page 159, which I felt was a shame, as hoped this book would have really helped our son deal with such emotive aspects of life.
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Stewart Foster is the author on one novel for adults, WE USED TO BE KINGS (Cape, 2013). He was one of the Observer's New Faces of Fiction for 2014 and one of Amazon's Rising Stars the same year. He lives in Bath....

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