My friend's son and a group of his friends were playing a war game on the school playground, using sticks for guns. In the middle of the game, a teacher came running over to them. Game over, she said. Don't you know you aren't allowed to play war here? What do you think these are? she said, snatching the sticks up into the air. One boy was brave enough to respond. They're sticks, he said. And then he got braver. They're not real guns, he said, we know that. Do you?
This question of what is real and what is imaginary is at the heart of David Almond's stark and poetic novel, Raven Summer. Liam Lynch lives in remote, seemingly quiet Northumberland, England, but war is not so far away. Jets heading for Iraq fly overhead and there is a story of a reporter being held hostage in Baghdad - war is literally in the air. During the life-changing summer in which this story takes place, Liam ...
This book is well suited to young adult readers, ages 12 and up.
David Almond's latest novel My Name is Mina, published in the USA in October 2011.
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