Bel Mooney Voices of Silence, The

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Voices of Silence, The

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Romania, 1989. It is unthinkable for anyone to criticize the leader of the country. The idea of a revolution is unimaginable to 13-year-old Flora Popescu, but suddenly everything she has taken for granted--her parents, her best friend, her daily routine--has altered. These frightening changes seem to be connected to the mysterious Daniel, who has joined her class. Who is he? Why is he lucky enough to wear blue jeans and eat meat for lunch when everyone else is so poor?

Flora's familiar world crumbles around her as she draws closer to the truth. Her father is in great danger. The secret police are coming, and only she can save his life.

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Bel Mooney is a journalist, broadcaster and children's writer of fiction and non-fiction. As well as writing a regular problem column in The Times, she has written numerous books for adults and children, including the popular Kitty and Friends series and Big Dog Bonnie (9781406303995) and Best Dog Bonnie (9781406307320). Bel lives in Bath.

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Grade 5-8. The last days of Romania under the rule of despot Ceausescu and the ensuing chaos are vividly described by 13-year-old Flora. Social instability rocks friendships at school and heightens tensions at home. Normal adolescent feelings, concern about her personal appearance, and a new jealousy of her best friend Alys's beauty are contrasted with her cravings for food. Enter Daniel Ghiban, a new student with good looks, stylish clothes, and pockets filled with candy and gum. Generous and a natural leader, Daniel quickly becomes popular with everyone, except Alys. Surprisingly, he chooses Flora to be his special friend. Meanwhile, Flora's father rails against their oppressive life. One night, she overhears him tell her mother that the only way they can survive is for him to escape and send for them later. Mooney does a fine job of depicting the complexities of friendship and the ease with which one can be seduced into betraying a parent or a best friend. Groundwork is carefully laid to make readers understand a life of shortages and lines for essentials before introducing Daniel. It is fitting that the author's description of him begins not with his appearance, but of the first lunch he takes to school. The tone is similar to that of Alice Mead's Adem's Cross (Farrar, 1996), but not as devastating. In that book, Adem's Yugoslavian family is destroyed, and the violence assails readers. In Voices, suspense builds after Tata leaves and is glimpsed in the heart of an explosive demonstration; but hope survives.?Marilyn Payne Phillips, University City Public Library, MO
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