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A highly topical and thoroughly entertaining thriller about tolerance and hate.

This is a contemporary tale about two friends - one of whom, Asra, is an asylum seeker from an unnamed Eastern European country. The other, Ruby Tanya, is the daughter of a local man who is campaigning against the presence of asylum seekers in his community. During a dramatic explosion at the girls' school, a young teacher is killed. The asylum seekers at the local camp are blamed, and local people begin to argue that they should be deported. A branch of the National Front gets involved and demos are planned. Asra and her parents are due to be deported, but Asra runs away at the last minute so her parents have to return without her. She hides in a nearby derelict building and is helped by Ruby Tanya.

Reviews

Provides a gently persuasive argument for doing the right thing even if that leads you into conflict with your family

TES

The book opens with an explosion and maintains its pace throughout

Observer

The subject is very relevant today and Swindell's approach for younger readers is superbly formed

Independent On Sunday

The plot moves quickly, building to a gripping and frightening climax . . . An interesting read

The School Librarian

Is a challenging story of friendship set against difficult and topical subject matter

The Sunday Times

This is a brave and successful attempt to help readers understand a complex, topical situation in our real world

The Bookseller

Thought-provoking book with sensitivity, wit and warmth . . . Its admirable message comes wrapped in a fast-paced and exciting adventure story populated with well-rounded characters

Irish Times

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Also by Robert Swindells

Stone Cold
Inside The Worm
Jacqueline Hyde
A Skull in Shadows Lane
Room 13
Blackout
The Shade of Hettie Daynes
Shrapnel
In the Nick of Time
Timesnatch
Blitzed
Nightmare Stairs
Abomination
Room 13 And Inside The Worm
A Wish For Wings
Invisible!
Hydra
World-Eater
Brother In The Land
The Thousand Eyes Of Night

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