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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: 13 x 1.4 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 655,803 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 April 2001
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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 April 2001
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Miss Piggy on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Wild on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Jan. 2001
Format: Hardcover
I read this book recently and I actually read it from cover to cover. My english teacher reccomended that I read it and I'm really glad she did. Martha is very lonely in the story and Scott who gradually begins to fall in love with her lures her mind away from the monster as it's described in the book, is very understanding of Martha's problems. Thanks to my English teacher and to Robert Swindells for writing such a great book. I reccomend this book to anyone who enjoys an amazing storyline. Stuart Laird.
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By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Jan. 2009
Format: Paperback
Martha is bullied at school because of her clothes and introverted personality, but Scott is also new at this school, and feels sorry for Martha. Soon he, too, is being bullied by the other kids.

In ABOMINATION, the bad guys are a religious extremist group that encourages child abuse, dictates what its parishioners wear, and regulates how they behave. It is a condemning look at a religious faction in which the families do not have television, computers, or cell phones.

Twelve-year-old Martha is not allowed to have friends, and can never invite anyone to their house...they might learn of the actual Abomination that lives in the basement.

Her older sister, Mary, was expelled from the family at age 16 for bad behavior, and now sends an occasional post card to Martha, which is promptly torn up by their father, and then retrieved and saved by Martha. Though Martha is required to feed and care for the Abomination, the identity of this creature is not revealed until near the end of the book.

When Martha realizes what has actually happened with her sister, she and Scott decide to try to contact her, and the suspense kicks into high gear as the kids defy Martha's parents to right a terrible wrong.

Swindells has crafted a compelling novel that will keep you reading to the very last page.

Reviewed by: Grandma Bev
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This book is very sad and exciting why? i will tell you why there are two young children called Martha and Mary. they are beaten by their parents and then Mary leaves home.

Their parents are very horrible and controlling over Martha, she had a disgusting,sad life until she met a new friend and is saved by a boy called Scott.

Martha is a young girl trapped in a world where her parents are cruelly beating her.she is not a bright young girl because of her parents.

my favorite part of the story was both disturbing and thrilling! it was when we discovered what the abomination was. guess who's little boys it was!!!!! it was Mary's little boy because she thought he was adopted six years ago. However,Mary comes back to get him!!!

In the novel we discovered how terribly cruel people can be and that they are stopped before they destroy others lives. Martha and Scott are very strong especially Martha because she gets hit but Scott saves Martha's life from getting brutally hit by her parents.

I would recommend this to people above eight because younger children might find it hard to read. It can be for both girls and boys because once you start reading it you don't want to stop. So if you enjoy reading you should read this book.

BY ZOE JACQUETT
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