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 three were released as exclusive bonus content as a thank you to those who pre-ordered Underdogs: Tooth and Nail (book two in the series), thus bringing it to life via Unbound.
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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.
Joseph McCormick Fights Alone – McCormick does his best to survive the days after his wife finally passes away. Provides extra context surrounding his story as described in the main series.
Christmas Day At Spitfire’s Rise – otherwise known as the “Underdogs Christmas special”, and the only story to date set after the events of Takeover Day. Ewan struggles to cope with a wartime Christmas celebration.
Oliver Roth Comes To Power – The “origin story” of New London’s most feared assassin, detailing how an unconfident red-haired 12-year-old came to be hand-picked for Marshall-Pearce Solutions’ training programme.
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.
Kate Arrowsmith Goes To A Party – Kate, driven by her love for her disabled brother James, overcomes anxiety to attend his birthday party.
Lorraine Foster Has A Change Of Heart – Following a tragedy in the classroom, Lorraine decides to leave her job as a teaching assistant and fight through her demons to become a nurse.
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.
Plus Lorraine and Shannon’s stories, which can’t be described here spoiler-free.