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Isaac Campion

Howker, Janni

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ISBN 10: 0862032709 / ISBN 13: 9780862032708
Published by Greenwillow, 1986
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Title: Isaac Campion

Publisher: Greenwillow

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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Three of the bestselling, most acclaimed fiction titles of the past decade, reissued with stylish and attractive new covers. Turned into a major feature film, Janni Howker's The Nature of the Beast is an immensely powerful and gripping story about a community devastated by unemployment and the fear of an unknown beast roaming the moors - and which young Bill Coward is determined to track down. Isaac Campion is an equally explosive tale, depicting the difficult, often bitter relationship between a son and his horse-dealer father at the turn of the century. Badger on the Barge contains five stories, each concerning the relationship between the young and the old and full of memorable characters. Each of these books is a major award-winner.

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Grade 7 Up On April 17, 1901, ``our Dan'' died, laughter changing to horror as he slipped and impaled himself on a railing. Dan was only 18 at the time and his brother, Isaac, was 12. Eighty-three years later, Isaac tells the story of that world, long gone, and what happened in the weeks afterward. Isaac's life changed overnight; he was told to leave school and work with his father, an insensitive, humorless man with whom Isaac never felt at ease. His growth came in finding the courage to leave and the compassion to understand what he left behind. Howker's ability to introduce the very taste and smell of a place as well as to write superlative dialogue and to show sensitivity to the needs and secret longings of old and young alike make her one of the most exciting young writers working today. In Isaac Campion, she offers the voice of a 95-year-old man, sharp-witted and somehow not quite bitter, and brings the tragedy and simple fortitude of his life into focus. Unlike her earlier two books, however, (Badger on the Barge & Other Stories and The Nature of the Beast both Greenwillow, 1985), this is such a mature, reflective story that it gives little natural entrance for young readers. Too good for those who read these reviews to miss and too mature for most of the children we serve, it probably belongs in the adult market but mustn't be lost for the sheer delight and perfection of the writing. Sara Miller, White Plains Public Lib . , N.Y.
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