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  • Hodder Children's Books


Rachel Anderson

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For National Curriculum Key Stage 3, For National Curriculum Key Stage 4 & GCSE, Interest age: from c 12 years, Fiction, Children's Fiction, General fiction (Children's / Teenage), Family & home stories (Children's / Teenage)

A poignant tale of human loss and friendship, with some harsh truths - from the award-winning and always rewarding Rachel Anderson.

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 Asylum

  • Innovative and daring. - Books for Keeps

  • Rachel Anderson pulls no punches. - Carousel

  • Inventiveness and a sympathy for human difference. - Philip Pullman, The Guardian

  • ... shows enormous skill in imagining a child's perspective on events bewildering even to adults. - Publishers Weekly

  • ... writes with observation and subtle humour but with no trace of sentimentality. - Sunday Telegraph

  • ... perceptive writing and quietly provocative approach to themes that are far removed from conventionally acceptable topics for young readers. - Stephanie Nettell, Books for Keeps

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

  • ... 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. - Hackwriters

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