Anderson, Rachel Asylum

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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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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 blend of humour and sensitivity. Rachel has one daughter, three sons, two goldfish, several free-range muntjacs, and a delightful diversity of grandchildren.

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If you read horror books, this is the book for you! * Teen Titles * Moving, sensitive and thought provoking book... should be in all secondary school libraries, promotoed by librarians and read in book groups. * School Librarian * I have rarely read a novel that has touched me so profoundly. * First News * Moving, thoughtful, outstanding and unforgettable. * Peters Gazette * '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' * Karen Priest, What's on Books * 'a thought-provoking account of the slippery world teenagers are growing up in.' * Catriona Ferguson, Sunday Star Times * '... a richly textured novel with an unadorned prosaic style that belies its intense emotional impact.' * Achuka * 'Powerfully written and thought provoking, this is a powerful read.' * Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading4kids * '... 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 * RED MOON: 'the novel provides sensitive and thought-provoking insights' * Widening Horizons * ... perceptive writing and quietly provocative approach to themes that are far removed from conventionally acceptable topics for young readers. * Stephanie Nettell, Books for Keeps * ... writes with observation and subtle humour but with no trace of sentimentality. * Sunday Telegraph * ... shows enormous skill in imagining a child's perspective on events bewildering even to adults. * Publishers Weekly * Inventiveness and a sympathy for human difference. * Philip Pullman, The Guardian * Rachel Anderson pulls no punches. * Carousel * PRAISE FOR RACHEL ANDERSON: 'Innovative and daring.' * Books for Keeps * 'an affecting, well written tale with central characters you really root for.' * Peters Gazette * A lovely, sometimes painful story of two immigrants to the UK. By turns funny, sad and serious, this is a humane look at a controversial issue and will give great pause for thought. * The Bookbag * Moving, sensitve and thought-provoking...a powerful, compelling book. A book I feel should be in all secondary school libraries. * School Librarian * A sensitive and thought-provoking exploration of the human stories and desperation behind our immigration figures. * Bournemouth Daily Echo * A sweet story about friendship. * Bliss *

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