Torn Pages

Sally Grindley

Torn Pages

There's something about a storm in the middle of the night that gathers a family close. It's as if nothing else exists outside that huddle of love in a blacked-out room which, try as it might, the storm cannot overwhelm. The storm that Liddy faces is the storm of AIDS, that is attacking their small African community. It has taken away from her for ever her mother and father. With her brother, Joe, Liddy must try to bring up Kesi, their little sister. There is never enough to eat, they cannot afford to go to school, and even their grandmother goes out her way to make life difficult for them. But their mother's voice of love is still there to guide them, in the handwritten diary which she left for them. 3.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
Torn Pages

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Classification Fiction
Genre Children's & Teenage
Format Paperback
Pages 224
RRP £12.99
Date of Publication February 2009
ISBN 978-0747595052
Publisher Bloomsbury
 

There's something about a storm in the middle of the night that gathers a family close. It's as if nothing else exists outside that huddle of love in a blacked-out room which, try as it might, the storm cannot overwhelm. The storm that Liddy faces is the storm of AIDS, that is attacking their small African community. It has taken away from her for ever her mother and father. With her brother, Joe, Liddy must try to bring up Kesi, their little sister. There is never enough to eat, they cannot afford to go to school, and even their grandmother goes out her way to make life difficult for them. But their mother's voice of love is still there to guide them, in the handwritten diary which she left for them.

Smarties Prize Winner, 2009

Reviews

The Observer

Stephanie Merritt

Grindley's vivid portrayal of Lydia's hardships and the bonds that keep her family together offers a thought-provoking experience to older readers who want to open their eyes to a wider world.

12/04/2009

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The Financial Times

James Lovegrove

The spectre of Aids hovers over the story, all the more sinister since the disease isn’t mentioned by name until more than 100 pages in. What Grindley doesn’t address, however, are questions about safe sex and condoms... In that respect, Torn Pages is perhaps less pertinent to western teens than it could be. In Africa, Aids is a widespread, terrifying scourge. In the west it’s something that can be avoided with the right precautions, and treated.

28/03/2009

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