Tales of the Underdogs will, in time, be an anthology of short stories which take place in the Underdogs universe, with each character having a story of their own.
Most of the stories will remain private until the series comes to an end, but two have been released as exclusive bonus content as a thank you to those who have pre-ordered Underdogs: Tooth and Nail (book two in the series), thus bringing it to life via Unbound. If you would like to be among these supporters, this is the place to pre-order the sequel (bear in mind there’s an option to order both books at once).
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Tales of the Underdogs
Ewan West Goes To Oakenfold – the story of Ewan’s first day at his last chance saloon, following his exclusion from six mainstream schools. The story also features a few other familiar Underdog faces, as well as appearances from Ewan’s oft-mentioned parents.
Jack Hopper Talks To Dad – a rather intense one-scene story, about the time Jack had a conversation with his father following his first suicide attempt. As painful as it was to write (largely because I love Jack so much), it had a nicer ending than I thought it would.
Stories yet to be written or released:
Alex Ginelli’s Taekwondo Showdown – After twenty years of being the son of his taekwondo instructor, Alex and his father have a final confrontation that comes to define their relationship.
Charlie Coleman Gets The Blame – The bullies deliberately push Charlie into having a meltdown, forcing him to lash out. Guess who’s held responsible?
Gracie Freeman Faces The Facts – After lying to her schoolfriends about being pregnant, Gracie discovers the consequences of telling recreational lies.
Joseph McCormick Lives Alone – McCormick does his best to survive the days after his wife finally passes away.
Kate Arrowsmith Goes To A Party – Kate, driven by her love for her disabled brother James, overcomes anxiety to attend his birthday party.
Mark Gunnarsson Fights Back – The story of how Mark ended up in the youth offenders’ institute after an altercation with his abusive father.
Raj Singh Misses The Signs – Thanks to severe dyslexia, Raj wanders straight past a warning sign into perilous danger. Thankfully, he has the brains to get himself out again.
Simon Young Stops Existing – Simon attends a dinner with his extended family, to find many of his relatives pretending he’s not there.
Thomas Foster Celebrates Christmas – just before his eighth birthday, Thomas has one last Christmas before his parents break up forever.
Oliver Roth Gets Hired – Once upon a time, the novels’ most abhorrent antagonist was a smiley 12-year-old hand-picked for Marshall-Pearce Solutions’ training programme.
Underdogs ordering options:
The Book Depository for non-UK/US readers (physical)
Digital versions via Unbound (for all readers)