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The hawk-eyed among you, or those who spend every free moment on Amazon googling my name (bless your little hearts), might have spotted the curious fact that, like, there’s this book out by me that I’ve barely even mentioned. Well, here’s the lowdown: I wrote PALE a while ago for an imprint called Barrington Stoke, who produce books targeted at reluctant and struggling readers or kids with dyslexia. I haven’t really talked about it much because I thought it was mainly going to be sold to schools and such, and also because I didn’t want it  to be confused with my usual output, since it’s a very different kind of book. But since it’s out there in the big wide world now, it’s time for Pale to take a bow.

Now listen y’all. This book was written for a specialist market. It’s very short, and the language and story are much, much simpler than the books you’re used to reading from me. If you’re curious, or if you’re a completist, or if there’s someone you know who’s a struggling reader and might like this sorta thing, then by all means pick it up; it’s a creepy little sci-fi tale that may tickle your fancy. But if you’re expecting something in the vein of Malice or Alaizabel, you’ll be disappointed. I wouldn’t want anyone spending their hard-earned readies and then being gutted because of the content.

Currently dividing my time between Silver, which is getting near done, and Secret Movie Project no.30300256. Next on the slate is Ketty Jay 4. That’s 2012 taken care of, then…

Happy New Year!



  1. Lauren says:

    I’ve read PALE and I loved it please please please make a second book!!!

  2. jimi mcgeown says:

    Hello Chris Wooding

    My friends absolutely loved your book, However we were confused by your book pale when we read that the pales could not breath nor they have a heart beat. Yet, in the second half of the book you describe Jed as holding his breath. This left us confused.

    your sincerely Jimi, Rio and Tee-Jay

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  4. Dear Chris
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    Anne Underwood

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  9. Helen says:

    Another comment – albeit long after the others – about ‘Pale’
    I am a secondary school librarian, and read ‘Pale’ with year 7 children each year. They all want to know what happened before the events of chapter 1. For example:-
    Why was the Lazarus Serum produced? Who was the first person to be given the drug? Did they know that the serum would turn recipients ‘Pale’? When did numbers increase so much that Afterlife Lawyers were needed?

    There are so many unanswered questions, both from before and after the story.
    I would love to see a sequel and a prequel, or maybe a longer book – which encompasses the story in ‘Pale’

  10. Becky Stouten says:

    Helen or anyone else it may pertain too,
    Do you have any curriculum that you have written to go with the book? I have a teacher that is going to read it with her class. I am the library media specialist. If so, please allow me to share it with her.

  11. Helen says:

    Becky and others…
    …The TES website has a workbook for ‘Pale’ – it’s really only for primary or KS3, but looks pretty good

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  13. Noreen Keane says:

    Pale is such a great book. Every student I have introduced it to, has just loved it. It is hard to find engaging books for reluctant readers that have complex themes and characters. Please write more!

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