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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (7 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007446578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007446575
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 578,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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YA Author of A Brighter Fear (shorlisted for the Leeds Book Award) and A Dream of Lights (nominated for the Carnegie Medal, awarded 'Highly Commended' at North East Teen Book Awards, and shortlisted for the Hampshire Independent Book Awards).

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“Debut novelist Kerry Drewery skilfully and sensitively brings the devastating effect of the war on ordinary citizens vividly to life in this tragic, touching and romantic story set in Iraq.” – Julia Eccleshare, LoveReading4Kids

“This is a moving and ultimately uplifting story which provides teenagers with an insight into the human tragedies behind the headlines. Recommended reading.” – Families South West

About the Author

Kerry Drewery lives in Lincolnshire. Active in Bookstart and the winner of a BBC writing prize, she was inspired to research and write about Iraq by the questions of her own children about the war.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martine Bailey on 24 Mar. 2015
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Like many authors of adult fiction I read only a few Young Adult novels a year. Yet how rewarding they can be: Dreamhunter by Elizabeth Knox was a tour de force of the imagination and The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness evoked atmospheric elements of John Wyndham’s classic, The Chrysalids.
A Brighter Fear is different again, the powerful tale of seventeen-year old Lina, a sensitive, intelligent teenager who craves a normal life; to go to university, to travel and become an architect. Lina’s misfortune is to live in Baghdad and to have her life horrifically blighted by war. Her lawyer mother is taken away by the secret police and as the Americans and their allies bomb the city, so much of what she knows, both physically and psychologically, disappears.
The novel is written in a deceptively gentle voice, not at all strident, and this credibly evokes a teenage girl’s troubled consciousness. Lina’s sensitivity is most hard-hitting when what she describes is most shocking, for though described as a children’s book, the subject matter is powerful and disturbing. The story of what happened to Lina’s mother cuts into the narrative and is at times hard to read. But does hard to read mean it shouldn’t be read? Certainly not, for I believe this is the only Young Adult novel set in Iraq and that in itself makes it important. If we want young people to understand more than glib headlines, and to feel empathy and goodwill to those suffering the horrors of war, such books are crucial reading.
By expressing the importance of family, humanity, and the smouldering hopes of a young person, this is a remarkably positive book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss H F Hill on 27 Jun. 2014
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There is something so readable about Kerry Drewery's books. I have read this in one sitting today as every time I tried to put it down, I picked it right back up again, it's like every chapter has a cliff hanger so I have to just keep reading. It's a good job I had nothing pressing to do today!

Again, this book is set in a time and place that I know of, but know so little about. We hear so much on the news about Iraq from a British/ American perspective and it's impact on us/ our soldiers so it is refreshing to read about the fear from the other side, as I found with her other book 'A Dream of Lights'.

I have read many YA books with a female teenage protaganist of late but what I really like about Lina is that it felt a very honest account, especially when she had to make her 'decision' and the reality of wanting to be selfish. A lot of heroine's/ protagonists are not written to show this selfish but very real side to them and it gives more reality to the plot. I also liked the seperate chapters worked in sporadically about what happened to Sacha and the emotions involving the soldiers, with their humanity and hopelessness showing through, in total contrast to the situation in which they have found themselves.

Drewery is an author I will keep a keen eye on in anticipation of her next books as they are great for adults and YA alike. I don't believe there are any other books currently out there for YA based on North Korea and Iraq (correct me if I'm wrong there...) and she has set the bar high for those who follow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By m s wheeler on 10 Nov. 2014
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Loved this book! Have never read a novel based in Iraq and I have to say it really gave me food for thought and challenged what I previously believed. The characters and situations are so believable- I felt like I was watching a movie or real life with the images in my head created by Kerry. I particularly enjoyed having the stories of two different characters running through the book, cliffhangers all the way,and every time I predicted where this was going I was proven wrong! Highly recommended.
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Kerry Drewery's Young Adult novel describes a dystopian world, but it isn't the world of the future , it's real and all the more frightening and moving for that. Lina is a teenager in Bagdad in 2004 and reading her story made me realise how lucky I am to live in Britain, how much I take for granted. She lives in a world where neighbours die violently, where children go to school not knowing whether or not they will come home alive, where their parents wait with same thoughts. The past has been destroyed and there is no future to replace it. Only utter despair. She's forced to give up on her precious education, forced to make terrible choices and great sacrifices. But the message at the end if one of hope, and if Lina was a real person, I'd really love to know how she's fared in the last ten years and where she is now. Knowing her, she will have succeeded. It's a book well-Worthing read whatever age you are.
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I didn't expect to enjoy this half as much as I did. For one, I was put off stories set in the Middle East by the Kite Runner. Two, I tend to read things that are very heavy on plot. But as another reviewer said, Drewery's books are very very readable, and I was soon hooked into the story of Lina and her life in war-torn Iraq. Drewery paints such a vivid picture of Lina's life, and her choices, that you cannot help but be drawn into her world, and though nothing in the story quite panned out the way I imagined it might, the end result was brave and perfect. I am full of admiration for this book. And it taught me an awful lot - not just about writing, and story, but also about life. Highly recommended.
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