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Asylum
Rachel Anderson

Classification : General & Literary Fiction
Pub Date : Jun 02, 2011
Imprint : Hodder Children's Books
Page Extent : 320
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9780340997680
Price : 350

About the book
Brave and powerful writing that tackles difficult topical issues in a blend of dry humour and sensitivity.
Guardian award winning author, with loyal following and strong back-list.

Very real, moving and thought-provoking - with characters that will touch your heart. 

A cast of rich characters superbly drawn with a sure, light touch and an always quirky humour.

Set in an about-to-be-demolished high-rise block of flats, various characters have arrived from a variety of situations; their lives and their stories, interweave, change and affect each other, and travel towards deeply moving, often funny, happy and painful outcomes. At the core of the story are two asylum seekers: All fifteen-year-old Sunday wanted was a country that was democratic and respectful of human life. All eight-year-old Rosa wanted was somewhere safe, away from the bad things of the past. Through their eyes, ideas of Britain and belonging are explored. Moving, thoughtful, outstanding and unforgettable.

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PRAISE FOR RED MOON:

'Rachel Anderson has a real gift for getting into the minds of her young charcters...teenage readers get a real sense of what it must be like to struggle for an identity'

'a thought-provoking account of the slippery world teenagers are growing up in.'

'... a richly textured novel with an unadorned prosaic style that belies its intense emotional impact.'

'Powerfully written and thought provoking, this is a powerful read.'

'... a brave novel ... Anderson cleverly has portrayed one of the world's most current debated issues to children in a simple and comfortable way for them to understand ... Red Moon inspires us to acknowledge the suffering of others in cultures different from our own and encourages children to think beyond the boundaries.'

RED MOON: 'the novel provides sensitive and thought-provoking insights'

'... perceptive writing and quietly provocative approach to themes that are far removed from conventionally acceptable topics for young readers.'
'... writes with observation and subtle humour but with no trace of sentimentality.'
'... shows enormous skill in imagining a child's perspective on events bewildering even to adults.'
'Inventiveness and a sympathy for human difference.'
'Rachel Anderson pulls no punches.'
'Innovative and daring.'

'Rachel Anderson has a real gift for getting into the minds of her young charcters...teenage readers get a real sense of what it must be like to struggle for an identity'

'a thought-provoking account of the slippery world teenagers are growing up in.'

'... a richly textured novel with an unadorned prosaic style that belies its intense emotional impact.'

'Powerfully written and thought provoking, this is a powerful read.'

'... a brave novel ... Anderson cleverly has portrayed one of the world's most current debated issues to children in a simple and comfortable way for them to understand ... Red Moon inspires us to acknowledge the suffering of others in cultures different from our own and encourages children to think beyond the boundaries.'

RED MOON: 'the novel provides sensitive and thought-provoking insights'

'... perceptive writing and quietly provocative approach to themes that are far removed from conventionally acceptable topics for young readers.'
'... writes with observation and subtle humour but with no trace of sentimentality.'
'... shows enormous skill in imagining a child's perspective on events bewildering even to adults.'
'Inventiveness and a sympathy for human difference.'
'Rachel Anderson pulls no punches.'
'Innovative and daring.'
     
Rachel Anderson
Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Award for Paper Faces, Rachel Anderson has written more than 30 books for children of all ages. She excels at tackling life's difficult themes with a skilful...(+)
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