No More Knives
By Christina Gabbitas
Published By

Poems and Pictures Ltd

ISBN 9781916254299
Fiction Genre 10-16
Publication Date 02/13/2020
Price 3.50
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Story about a group of friends who are groomed and lured into county lines, delivering packages to various areas using their own dedicated phone lines and public transport; Jamie one of the characters regrets picking up a knife for protection.
A story addressing county lines, grooming and knife crime that is set to educate children to think about choices and consequences of their actions. A partnership with the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner Humberside.

Authors 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 and national poetry initiative. 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, and is also helping the charity to raise funds with book sales. Christina is an Honorary Member of the NSPCC Council and her latest partnership is with the Police & Crime Commissioners Office Humberside.


“It is vitally important for us to invest in the future of our young people, who may be at risk of being diverted into crime or at danger of being exploited. We are proud to work with Christina Gabbitas to engage with young people. The ‘No More Knives’ story is a brilliant way of educating children and young people on the dangers of being exploited.
Keith Hunter – Police & Crime Commissioner Humberside

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  1. Amazing book!

  2. Brilliantly depicted, well done.

  3. Well written, a very important message to get out there…

  4. A fantastic book aimed at young people to raise awareness about the blight of county lines and knife crime. A resource I have used and will continue to use widely. We need to get this message out across the country and this book is vital to that work, well done Christina on a brilliantly written book

  5. Young people and children are exploited into committing crime and only realise when it’s too late. This book is a critical resource for parents and all people working with young people. The story is written in a language which they understand and can relate to. Use it to start that awkward conversation.

  6. A brilliant and creative way to help highlight the problem of county lines.

  7. My son was involved with a gang but luckily we managed to intervene before the situation got out of hand. Anything that can be done to help educate our children and carers is a step forward. Hope this story gets the recognition that it deserves.

  8. Tackling issues using characters and stories that children can relate to, is a great way of creating engagament.

  9. Brilliant book thank you for addressing this issue.

  10. An engaging and effective tool for speaking to young people about gangs, knives and choices.

  11. This should go viral.

  12. A great creative way to help engage and educate children and young people. A very deserving recognition.

  13. A fantastic introduction to what goes on that people don’t understand.

  14. More awareness of this problem needs to be out in the public domain. Well done on tackling a tricky subject.

  15. Excellent book. Will be a great help to the community. Powerful message. Well done. The animation of the story is excellent. Soon we will include a link for everybody to watch and spread the word — it should be seen and adopted throughout the country.

  16. I wasn’t aware that this problem was around our own community. I was shocked to learn that one of our ex pupils (age 12) was the main drug runner in a county line. We should be talking to our children about this subject to make them aware of the dangers.

  17. Brilliant animation to accompany the book. A great educational resource. A Deserving winner. Well done Christina.

  18. Amazing, Christina deserves to win.

  19. Brilliant – powerful message Christina.

  20. Great book for children to understand, knife crime and gangs are all around schools.If this book can stop children falling in to crime then it deserves to win. Well done Christina 👏

  21. Amaizing work and so relevant. Education and prevention is the way forward. Lets keep our children safe by educating them.

  22. Brilliantly written. A worthy winner.

  23. It’s good to see that such an important topic is one of the contenders for this award. Good luck.

  24. More grows in the garden than the gardener knows he has sown.

  25. A splendid book and worthy nominee.

  26. Fantastic book tackling very sensitive and relevant issues, and all in language that children can understand and relate to. Very well done Christina Gabbitas

  27. This book should be available to every teenager, such an important message, it’s far to easy to get involved in the wrong crowd and get in too deep before you even realise what’s happening! Absolutely a must read!

  28. Fantastic way of addressing a very sensitive subject that is adversely affecting so many communities and families at the moment. A valuable resource that should be available to all schools and community groups.

  29. A great story to show the dangers of CL gangs to young people and the vulnerable
    DI Mark Catney

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