Trapped in County Lines

By: Christina Gabbitas
Published by:

Poems and Pictures Ltd

ISBN: 9781916254275
Genre: Age 12 with 80 illustrations
Publication date: 10/12/2023
Price: 4.50


It’s three years since Siobhan, Ellie, Luke, Jamie, and Mo met gang leader Steve after hanging out in their local park. All five friends were arrested and taken to the police station for questioning after becoming involved in drug running (county lines). Jamie had been stabbed in the leg. Are they criminals or are they victims? The sequel story to No More Knives County Lines sees teenage friends groomed once again into a county lines drugs network with far reaching consequences.

Author's Biography

Christina Gabbitas is a children’s author and founder of Children’s Literature Festivals charity, who spends a lot of her time within schools inspiring children to read and write through her books. Winner of a Sue Ryder Education award in 2016, TPBP Dame Beryl Bainbridge Award in 2017 and TPBP Best Achievement Award in 2019 for ‘Share Some Secrets’ a story that encourages children to speak out. Winner of the Best Publisher for Lockdown Life in 2021. Christina is an Honorary Member of the NSPCC Council. She has had partnerships with a number of organisations, her latest is with North Yorkshire Police who commissioned the story, funded by The Office of North Yorkshire Police Fire & Crime Commissioner. Christina has visited over 150 schools with policing teams and was invited to speak at the British Association of Women in Policing about positive working partnerships.


To protect children from the clutches of County Lines exploiters recognising exploitation is vital and this story illustrates how easily grooming can happen. Previously focusing on primary schools, this latest book is aimed at years seven, eight and nine—engaging children during their most informative years. An important and timely read.
Sonya Jones, MBE
Shropshire Service Manager and Safeguarding Lead at drugs, alcohol and mental health charity With You

It has been a privilege to observe the efforts that Christina goes to whilst making her stories realistic and accurate. The time taken in the planning and attention to detail means that the storyline she has created in Trapped in County Lines demonstrates just how easily and quickly young people can find themselves in risky and frightening situations. Whilst police and partners work hard to protect young people, the greatest protection comes from educating young people and parents in how they can keep themselves safe. This project delivers that message in a clear and practical way. Although the control and fear is very real to victims of exploitation, there are people who are ready, able and willing to help if you can find a way to speak out.
Carol Kirk
Detective Chief Inspector 543, Crime Commander York and Selby (City Command) North Yorkshire Police


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  1. This book should be in every school in the country!

  2. Brilliant book on an important topic

  3. Excellent story line and sadly relevant.

  4. Much needed. Well done

  5. It was so brilliant to see the students spellbound by Christina’s story. They could clearly understand how easily they themselves could inadvertently get caught up in the terrifying scenario Christina’s brilliant story depicted.

  6. Great storyline

  7. A big problem which needs addressing sooner rather than later & Christina has found a brilliant way to start.

  8. Good educational story for young people. Good luck.

  9. Good story that sadly shows what can happen in real life.

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