Following the success of The Shell House, Linda Newbery again demonstrates her brilliance at weaving thought-provoking subjects into a wholly satisfying and sensitively drawn novel.
Hilly's German grandmother, HeidiGran, comes to live with her family after she gets Alzheimer's disease; but as her mind becomes more muddled, secrets from her memories of life during the Second World War start to emerge.
Why does HeidiGran keep talking about a girl called Rachel? And why does she make racist remarks about Hilly's friend, Reuben?
As Hilly struggles to cope with revelations about her family's past, she encounters racism and prejudice for herself when a friend becomes the victim of a mindless attack.
She also falls in love for the first time. This is a wonderfully evocative novel exploring the recurring prejudices that affect every generation.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
- Publication Date: 02/09/2004
- Category: General
- ISBN: 9780099472827
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Review by phoebesmum
Jesus, when are people going to put "WARNING: HOLOCAUST!" bands on YA literature? I know it's v important that We Must Never Forget, but I am in no danger of forgetting, thank you. Review in brief: granny turns out to be a Nazi. To Oxfam it goes!