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Robert Swindells
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Book Description

3 Jun 1999
Martha is twelve - and very different from other kids, because of her parents. Strict members of a religious group - the Brethren - their rules dominate Martha's life. And one rule is the most important of all: she must never ever invite anyone home. If she does, their shameful secret - Abomination - could be revealed. But as Martha makes her first real friend in Scott, a new boy at school, she begins to wonder. Is she doing the right thing by helping to keep Abomination a secret? And just how far will her parents go to prevent the truth from being known?

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens; New edition edition (3 Jun 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440863627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440863625
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 647,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Martha, the youngest daughter of fanatically religious parents, is all too aware that her family is unusual. Taunted and bullied at school, and lonely at home with only postcards from her elder sister to keep her sane, Martha knows there has to be some other way of living. But it is only when she is befriended by the new boy, Scott, that she decides to reveal the terrible secret that has so far kept her in emotional chains.

Carnegie Award-winning author Robert Swindells cleverly draws the reader into Martha's lonely, nightmarish, yet somehow disturbingly and inexplicably comfortable, world by using his mastery of character and mood to create a sense of overpowering tension that is often horrifying but ultimately incredibly sad. Abomination is certainly not a book for the faint- hearted, but lovers of page-turningly gripping suspense coupled with compassionate and forceful storytelling will find it utterly irresistible. --Susan Harrison

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"A taut and thrilling novel from a master of the unpredictable" (Daily Telegraph)

"Robert Swindells writes the kind of books that are so scary you're afraid to turn the page" (Young Telegraph)

"Plots which grip the reader from the opening paragraph" (The Sunday Times)

"Often chilling, yet ultimately uplifting . . . Totally convincing . . . Absolutely unmissable" (The Bookseller)

"Powerful, compassionate and original" (Bournemouth Daily Echo) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is fab 16 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Hi I read this book as a class reader and thought it would be wierd at first but it was excellent. It is about how sisters get in touch on the internet through wierd circumstances. It is about a girl called Martha who belongs to a religous group and cannot wear normal clothes or go out like normal kids. Martha makes one friend at school called Scott who helps her through her problems and makes her feel better. I thought he was very nice as he helped Martha contact her sister through the internet. Scott was a true friend and Martha gained more confidence from this friendship and was able to see her sister. There is a secret about her and her family in the book but you must read it to find out. I learnt a lot from talking about it in class and reading it again. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who loves a good book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I ever read. 18 Jan 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Martha has a secret-a shameful secret. It's name is Abomination........... Martha is picked on at school because she is so unlike the others kids, No T.V., No huge room, No cool clothes and worst of all NO FRIENDS. Her parents are all to blame for this. They won't LET her have any friends, they are ardent followers of a strict religious group, they say she is too different from others, it will only cause trouble. They might have let her do so, if they were not scared of one coming round, and finding the truth about Abomination. Then a new boy, Scott, moves into Martha's class, and she starts to think, Should I tell? Should I tell him about the beating, the chuch, my sister and even Abomination? By way of raising suspension in the story, Martha and Scott take it in turns to be the first person. In this book, Robert Swindells does not find it hard to tackle disturbing issues aimed, normally for adults, like teenage sex, Illagitimacy, strict religious affairs and being beaten by your own parents. One of the most disturbing matters is, of course, Abomination, but certainly this reveiwer is not going to spoil the book for you by telling you what it is! Robert Swindells is very good at taking adult topics and turning them into children's books. We seen this in such previous books such as Stone Cold, where he takes homelessness and tries to show it as evil. He also likes having two points of view, also in Stone Cold and partly in another of his novels Staying Up. This bone-chilling, heart-stopping adventure is both frightening and partly romantic. I give it a great big TEN out of TEN, so go down to your local library and reserve it before it's to late! Robert Swindells I am your number one fan, I have read most of your books from Staying Up to Room 13, but this is by far the best!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is amazing 2 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I read this book after a friend recomended it to me .I am glad she did as it is one of the best books I have ever read it was totally addictive and could not put it down. It is all about a 12 year old girl called Martha. Her parents belong to a stict religious group the 'Rightgious' which means she has to keep to strict rules and commands with no modern priverliges such as TV,computers and other things like that. She has a bad home life and her father beats her plus she is bullied at school. But the worst thing is the secret she hides .Her secret is Abomination !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Abomination - A touching, heart thumping book 20 May 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Martha is a young girl who is picked on a lot at school. She didn't have any friends until Scott came a long. At home she didn't have a computer or television and she wasn't aloud friends home because of Abomination. You'll have to read the book to find out what Abomination is though. Robert Swindells, a great author. Abomination is a brilliant book. It shows how hurt somebody can be when they're picked on. I recommend it to children above ten and adults. Abomination - Don't miss out on this great read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exellant 16 Oct 2001
Format:Paperback
This book is great. It's one of the best books i have ever read. Robert Swindells draws you right into the book and you just can't put it down. Martha a 12 year old girl has been treated badly in her home for her life. Her sister had run away from home when she was 16 years old. The family has a shameful secret never to be told. The family belongs to the righteous group you see and if they tell someone and the secret gets told they believe they will break the laws of god. I recommend this book to all people adult or child.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars abomination: A TOTAL THRILLER! 22 Oct 2003
Format:Paperback
“Abomination is a thriller. It races towards an ultimate cliff hanger”
It is a very touching book that moves you as you read it. It does have some funny closed doors. It does show how a young girls life is controlled by her parent’s religion and emphasises what goes on in her life. It’s nicely written as diary entries of two totally different people and their feelings about life and each other. It shows that all isn’t what it seems to be as a 12-year-old girl lives two lives- hell: inside her house with her parents and heaven: outside with Scott. It does show different things that children experience; e.g.: bullying; neglect and growing up. It explores love between 2 12-year-olds and what it is that they feel for each other.
It is a great book to read and once you start, you can’t stop. IT’S REALLY THAT GRIPPING! I loved it, and recommend to anybody that wants a GOOD READ.
It’s not gruesome, sexist or scary. It’s just a book that shows how other people live.
I’m 13 years old and I loved the book. No matter how old or how young you are, it’s still a thriller.
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