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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

A daring, wise, and sensitive look at the complexities of being young in a world teetering on chaos, Rosoff's poignant exploration of perseverance in the face of the unknown is a timely lesson for us all. - People Magazine

This riveting first novel paints a frighteningly realistic picture of a world war breaking out in the 21st century . . . Readers will emerge from the rubble much shaken, a little wiser, and with perhaps a greater sense of humanity. - Publishers Weekly, Starred

That rare, rare thing, a first novel with a sustained, magical and utterly faultless voice. After five pages, I knew she could persuade me to believe anything. --Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Readers will remain absorbed to the very end by this unforgettable and original story.--The Bulletin, Starred

A winning combination of acerbic commentary, innocence, and sober vision. . . . Hilarious, lyrical, and compassionate.--The Horn Book, Starred

A fantastic treat . . . Daisy is an unforgettable heroine.--Kliatt, Starred

Powerful and engaging . . . a likely future classic.--The Observer (U.K.)

A crunchily perfect knock-out of a debut novel.--The Guardian (U.K.)

From the Hardcover edition.

Review:

"This riveting first novel paints a frighteningly realistic picture of a world war breaking out in the 21st century. Told from the point of view of 15-year-old Manhattan native Daisy, the novel follows her arrival and her stay with cousins on a remote farm in England. Soon after Daisy settles into their farmhouse, her Aunt Penn becomes stranded in Oslo and terrorists invade and occupy England. Daisy's candid, intelligent narrative draws readers into her very private world, which appears almost utopian at first with no adult supervision (especially by contrast with her home life with her widowed father and his new wife). The heroine finds herself falling in love with cousin Edmond, and the author credibly creates a world in which social taboos are temporarily erased. When soldiers usurp the farm, they send the girls off separately from the boys, and Daisy becomes determined to keep herself and her youngest cousin, Piper, alive. Like the ripple effects of paranoia and panic in society, the changes within Daisy do not occur all at once, but they have dramatic effects. In the span of a few months, she goes from a self-centered, disgruntled teen to a courageous survivor motivated by love and compassion.How she comes to understand the effects the war has had on others provides the greatest evidence of her growth, as well as her motivation to get through to those who seem lost to war's consequences. Teens may feel that they have experienced a war themselves as they vicariously witness Daisy's worst nightmares. Like the heroine, readers will emerge from the rubble much shaken, a little wiser and with perhaps a greater sense of humanity. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"That rare, rare thing, a first novel with a sustained, magical and utterly faultless voice. After five pages I knew that she could persuade me to believe almost anything." Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Review:

"Readers won't just read this book, they will let it possess them." The Sunday Telegraph

Review:

"A voice so stridently pure and direct and funny that you simply can't question it." The Guardian

Review:

"[T]he best children's novel for adults since The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time." Time Out

Synopsis:

Soon after fifteen year old Daisy arrives at her aunt's farm in England her aunt goes away on business, leaving Daisy with four cousins she's never met--the next day when London is attacked by an unnamed enemy, power fails, systems fail, the farm becomes more isolated with no adults in charge and no rules, and yet the cousins' uncanny bond grows into something extraordinary as time passes. Reprint.

Synopsis:

This is Meg Rosoff's first novel. The author lives in London.

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

This is Meg Rosoff's first novel. The author lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375890543
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Subject:
General
Author:
Rosoff, Meg
Author:
Meg Rosoff
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction-General
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : General
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General
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - History
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Family - Multigenerational
Subject:
Lifestyles - Farm Life & Ranch Life
Subject:
Farm life
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
England
Subject:
Cousins
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s-Michael L. Printz Award Winners
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Children s Activities-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-General
Subject:
Foreign Languages-Korean
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Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
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main_subject
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all_subjects
Publication Date:
20060411
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
194

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Product details 194 pages Random House Children's Books - English 9780375890543 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This riveting first novel paints a frighteningly realistic picture of a world war breaking out in the 21st century. Told from the point of view of 15-year-old Manhattan native Daisy, the novel follows her arrival and her stay with cousins on a remote farm in England. Soon after Daisy settles into their farmhouse, her Aunt Penn becomes stranded in Oslo and terrorists invade and occupy England. Daisy's candid, intelligent narrative draws readers into her very private world, which appears almost utopian at first with no adult supervision (especially by contrast with her home life with her widowed father and his new wife). The heroine finds herself falling in love with cousin Edmond, and the author credibly creates a world in which social taboos are temporarily erased. When soldiers usurp the farm, they send the girls off separately from the boys, and Daisy becomes determined to keep herself and her youngest cousin, Piper, alive. Like the ripple effects of paranoia and panic in society, the changes within Daisy do not occur all at once, but they have dramatic effects. In the span of a few months, she goes from a self-centered, disgruntled teen to a courageous survivor motivated by love and compassion.How she comes to understand the effects the war has had on others provides the greatest evidence of her growth, as well as her motivation to get through to those who seem lost to war's consequences. Teens may feel that they have experienced a war themselves as they vicariously witness Daisy's worst nightmares. Like the heroine, readers will emerge from the rubble much shaken, a little wiser and with perhaps a greater sense of humanity. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "That rare, rare thing, a first novel with a sustained, magical and utterly faultless voice. After five pages I knew that she could persuade me to believe almost anything."
"Review" by , "Readers won't just read this book, they will let it possess them."
"Review" by , "A voice so stridently pure and direct and funny that you simply can't question it."
"Review" by , "[T]he best children's novel for adults since The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time."
"Synopsis" by , Soon after fifteen year old Daisy arrives at her aunt's farm in England her aunt goes away on business, leaving Daisy with four cousins she's never met--the next day when London is attacked by an unnamed enemy, power fails, systems fail, the farm becomes more isolated with no adults in charge and no rules, and yet the cousins' uncanny bond grows into something extraordinary as time passes. Reprint.
"Synopsis" by , This is Meg Rosoff's first novel. The author lives in London.

From the Hardcover edition.

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