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I slipped backwards and suddenly… there I was! Suspended. In mid-air. ‘Help!’

From climbing and abseiling to canoeing and the Crazy Bucket Race, the adventure holiday which Tim’s dad picks promises to be full of action. There’s just one problem: Tim is hopeless at sports of every kind. How on earth will he survive the horrors of a week packed with healthy activity? And even worse, how will he live through the ordeal of having to bunk with bullying Giles? Full of cliffhanging surprises, Jacqueline Wilson’s comical classic will have readers hanging on every word.

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Catalogue number

6310 in Books and Resources for Schools Catalogue 2022






Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books)

Date published

March 5th, 2009

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 3.3; Middle years; 1.0 points

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  • 128 pages



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  1. icecream2020
    on 3 June 2016

    very funny story

  2. evelizabeth
    on 18 May 2016


    4out of 5
  3. hello1223
    on 25 March 2016

    I think it’s a really good book!

    5out of 5
  4. Pumpkin0706
    on 5 July 2015

    It is a really good book but if your a sporty reader your nothing like Tim!!

    4out of 5
  5. readers18
    on 2 March 2015

    I am still reading it but its quite a fun book to read I do a reading club if anyone wants to come I love to read I’ve read gangster granny Courtney the clown fish fairy tom gates Rodrick rules sleep overs fern the green fairy diary of a wimpy kid the red book

  6. Chise2504
    on 2 April 2014

    I hate it it’s a rubish book do not read rubish rubish read dear dumb dairy or dork Darry’s there fab

    1out of 5
  7. tomgates27
    on 17 March 2014

    i read this book with my class and we loved it

    5out of 5
  8. Khadiga
    on 9 March 2014

    i like this book because even though i dont like cartoon i like comedy and thats what gave me a 4 out of 5 star.the funny part is that when he falls of the cliff.

  9. MeggieMoo
    on 9 March 2014

    I found this book a great page turner and exhilarating.

    4out of 5
  10. loobyloulou123
    on 9 March 2014

    I LOVE this book it is so good you should definitely get it.

    5out of 5
  11. Roodieroo
    on 9 March 2014

    This a good book

  12. Aimeemitch
    on 8 March 2014

    Had me in tears of laughter and excellent vocabulary.

    5out of 5
  13. Spidergirl
    on 8 March 2014

    Jaqueline Wilson books are great

    5out of 5
  14. skulduggerypleasantrules
    on 8 March 2014

    Not my thing at all.

  15. libertylovelawton
    on 8 March 2014

    I liked this book because it shows Tim’s feelings really well and shows what kind of a person he is. It also shows that if you get in a situation like that sometimes it can end out opinion on this book is good because I think it helps kids understand well and to see in there mind what it looks like. The title is really good because it makes people want to read it, and I think the author, Jacqueline Wilson, has done excellent writing it aswell as Nick Sharratt has done good illustrating it. I would give this book a 8 out off 10 , I would also recommend it to school and kids under the age on 15

    4out of 5
  16. books2000
    on 8 March 2014

    its good

  17. koolkiwi123
    on 7 March 2014

    this is a really cool book to read in the holidays or in the weekend. i recommend it to those of 6-9 years.

  18. Eymane143
    on 7 March 2014

    I recommend this book for readers seven year’s old and older, and it is a really funny book that will make you laugh.

    4out of 5
  19. loverofbooks4ever
    on 7 March 2014

    absoulutely genius, incredibly intresting and it makes me want to go to summer camp!

    5out of 5
  20. boogie99
    on 6 March 2014

    This was so good and worrying but still fantastic

  21. cindybubble13
    on 6 March 2014

    I love Jacqueline Wilson And this book is amazing just like allthe others

    5out of 5
  22. Readingwizard55
    on 6 March 2014

    I really enjoyed reading this book because the book really suited its title because every chapter was left on a cliffhanger.

  23. Catherine0703
    on 6 March 2014

    Very good and very funny

  24. Celine1
    on 5 March 2014

    I love this book it’s so good I loved it so so much

  25. zippy123
    on 5 March 2014

    ok book. read buried alive first, as the story carries on.

  26. Lauren7777
    on 5 March 2014

    I love this book very adventurous. I like about at the end they put a cliff…

    5out of 5
  27. fantasticmissfox
    on 5 March 2014

    This is a very funny book about Tim, a mummy’s boy who is forced by his dad to go to a summer camp and participate in activities like abseiling canoeing etc. He immediately makes friends with biscuits, a fat boy who loves sweets. He hates it at first but at the finish it all ends well.

    4out of 5
  28. Duchess11
    on 4 March 2014

    This book is good should be rated 7-3 it is an easy book to read and understand but is not Jacqueline Wilson’s best book it’s very short and it a boy on a cliff and he shouts for help read if u want to know what happens will he survive or not

    3out of 5
  29. miriameve
    on 4 March 2014

    This book is a refreshing change from the usual books as it is told from a boys point of view.

    This book is really funny and is a good mini read for a bit of spare time. It was great to revisit Biscuits from best friends and, once again, he made me laugh out loud!

    Thanks Jacqueline, for another great book!

    5out of 5
  30. Jwbooksrule
    on 4 March 2014

    Great ,amazing loved it

  31. Helen511
    on 4 March 2014

    its ok but not her best book the illustrater is quiet good i do like the cover though !!!

    3out of 5
  32. lebbyland27
    on 4 March 2014

    I thought this book was very cool and that it showed another side to Tim then the other book about him, but I also thought that it was quite funny!

    2out of 5
  33. Sushi21
    on 4 March 2014

    I like adventure stories. It was so funny and I didn’t want it to end!

    5out of 5
  34. justbecauseimnerdy
    on 4 March 2014

    This book is okay, but not up to Wilson’s usual standard. Tim is a nice, easy-to-understand, relatable character, but the book is more suited to children under the recommended age – I would say it is suitable for children aged 3 – 7.

  35. heyay234
    on 3 March 2014

    Cliffhanger is a great book? Well, I think that it is, it is about a boy who is hanged on a cliff and shouts for help! Will he have HELP OR NOT!!!.......Read the book to know more if he is going to SURVIVE!!!

  36. wing4
    on 3 March 2014

    I really enjoyed reading this book although it was a bit short, there was alot of description very good.

  37. roseyclo
    on 4 January 2014

    this book is about poor Tim being made to go to a adventure holiday! he meets a boy called Biscuits who eats alot and more!

  38. luvhorsesforever
    on 21 June 2013

    its brilliant

  39. bessacarrprimaryschool
    on 18 April 2013

    This book is hilairious! Suitable for all ages! Certainly a cliffhanger!

    3out of 5
  40. abby840
    on 22 March 2013

    i realy did not engoy this book at all sorry, but i did like all the postcards in it! im just going rate it for not for me so 2 out of ten i added one extra cause i loved the postcards they were not boring!! im a HUGE fan of jackie though! i <3 her other books apart from this one duh!

  41. xxChocolateBoxGirlxx
    on 9 March 2013

    this book was okay, but I enjoyed reading it though :P

    4out of 5
  42. KarlMagic33
    on 7 March 2013

    Really Good!

  43. ellie-melay27
    on 7 March 2013

    really good book! i love jacqueline wilson a lot! she is one of my favourite authors. this book 5/5

  44. bugzy72
    on 7 March 2013

    its a good book

  45. samcharlie123
    on 5 March 2013

    I read this years ago, and recently we went on a residential with school where we were going to do abseiling! This book made me quite scared about it! But then I did it for real, and it wasn’t that bad – I should have realised it was only a story but I was only young!

    4out of 5
  46. Sherlock25
    on 5 March 2013

    A really good short read to make you laugh , i enjoyed it a lot :)

  47. natashakrywald
    on 5 March 2013


  48. Too-Amazayn
    on 5 March 2013

    I used to really like this book when I was younger. Old Jacqueline Wilson books are really good

    4out of 5
  49. TheMileLongBookshelfBlog
    on 4 March 2013

    I remember being a big fan of this book when I was younger. Jacqueline Wilson’s books are always good!

  50. lovehamsters103
    on 22 September 2012

    it was amazing and i am still reading it but it’s the same thing (so far) that has happend to my friend! (apart from the charters!!! lol!!!)

    5out of 5
  51. Trickle-Cherry
    on 17 September 2012

    This seems like a brilliant book so I want to read it! It seems really adventurous and cool. I love those sort of books so I am sure that I will love this book!


    5out of 5
  52. MinieMouse8912
    on 12 September 2012

    I am Reading this book at school. I haven’t finished it yet, BUT it sounds good so far! I would Recommend you to buy it but it was kind of a Year 4-5 Book! I am a Jacqueline Wilson Fan!

  53. nellyanna1
    on 4 July 2012

    It was alright, not my favourite though. I much prefer other Jacqueline Wilson books. This was just a bit boring to me, but I still advise you to try it as it might be of your interest. And don’t judge a book by it’s cover!

    2out of 5
  54. flossyflo
    on 20 May 2012

    really good a real cliffhanger at the end of each chapter

  55. secret7
    on 22 April 2012

    This book was very good, I could not put the book down.

    4out of 5
  56. AmyXx
    on 6 March 2012

    Very good book!

  57. hamy1710
    on 3 March 2012

    very good

  58. kicky105
    on 1 March 2012

    This is an interesting book about a boy at the seaside. He takes his best friend, Biscuits, but they have lots of adventure when they get there, to do with two horrible bullies. Will they triumph…?

  59. salimisra
    on 1 March 2012

    this book is an adventrous book. its about tim having to go to a sports camp on demand from his farther but will he survive there?

    5out of 5
  60. amy07011
    on 14 September 2011

    This wasn’t as good as Jacky’s other books but I think that’s because it was a male main character instead of female.

    3out of 5
  61. cutiepie16
    on 25 August 2011

    This book was funny at some parts and scary in other parts. i would recommend this book for 7-12 year olds.

    4out of 5
  62. Fifi44
    on 9 May 2011

    really good

    5out of 5
  63. migit1
    on 5 March 2011

    really good story! go tim!

  64. gethi
    on 3 March 2011

    I hate this book. It’s so boring. I can’t believe Jacqueline Wilson wrote it!

  65. osnapitzsafa
    on 1 March 2011

    I thought he wasn’t going make it and he’d fall off the cliff but luckily he didn’t. I love this book and biscuits is my favourite character. I feel sorry for Tim for being forced on the holiday.

    3out of 5
  66. xxisabellatrixx
    on 27 February 2011

    really ennjoyed it, good for reading when on holiday and didnt have much spare time, would reccommend to everyone

    5out of 5
  67. coathanger
    on 20 February 2011

    I liked this book because it was funny. PLus it wasnt that long.It has it moment of laughs and it’s moment of dullnes but all in all I liked it.

    4out of 5
  68. lolarox1234567
    on 12 February 2011

    this book was soooooooo good

  69. Molly13579
    on 8 December 2010

    Hi, This is a funny but exciting adventure with Kelly,Biscuits and Tim. From Kim

    5out of 5
  70. MissFafu
    on 16 November 2010

    You should read this book it is really good I think you will love it. It is about a boy called Tim who goes on an adventure holiday and is a second part for it too called Burried alive.

    5out of 5
  71. Candymint
    on 27 September 2010

    this was boring dont read it

    1out of 5