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Once Removed [Kindle Edition]

KB Walker
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Suspecting self-harm, newly qualified teacher, Abriella Garside, risks everything for a troubled pupil. An incident with a craft knife and unexplained injuries are not enough to secure help for the girl. Unsure whether Beth is being bullied or has problems at home, Abby tries to win her trust and the two begin a friendship. But has the teacher gone too far?

In the midst of Abby’s own complicated life, Beth disappears. Rumour and suspicion ignite, fanned into an inferno with Abby at its heart.

Two lives hang in the balance.

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A storybook romance swept KB Walker from her American childhood to marriage, life and a teaching career in Yorkshire. Still captivated by the countryside after more than thirty years, Kimm enjoys bracing walks on the moors with her dog.

Becoming an author seemed as likely as being a princess or an astronaut but after twenty years at the chalk-face, Kimm left schools behind and set her mind to the dream. She's had several poems, short stories and articles published, won a handful of local prizes, as well as being invited to speak at events in the UK and US.

Kimm's two grown up sons have left home now but in 1996, fifteen year old James was diagnosed and survived cancer against the odds. A Life Less Lost, her memoir of that experince, was published in 2009.

A foodie, Kimm recently discovered the joys of grow-your-own, loves 'doing up' old houses, reading, badminton, skiing and various crafts.

Her debut novel, Once Removed, was published in 2012 by Crooked {Cat} Publishing.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A novel of depth and sensitivity 28 May 2012
By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER
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*Full disclosure: the author sent me a copy of this novel in the hope that I would review it. All opinions are my own.*

I was excited to read this novel as I instantly realised it would touch on some very topical, sensitive themes and I was curious to see how the author would handle them.

This is the story of newly-qualified teacher Abriella (Abby), a woman with a bit of an emotional background of her own, and who recognises in twelve-year-old pupil Beth, that *something* is also amiss. Abby isn't sure if Beth is being bullied or if she is self-harming, but as she tries to get close to the girl and be her confidant, the repurcussions may have disastrous consequences for both of them...

I enjoyed the way the author tackled this story from various perspectives as it gave the reader a chance to understand more deeply what was happening in the narrative, which flowed very well. I feel that Beth's voice and emotions were depicted realistically and to be honest, my heart broke at what she was going though and at the secrets she was bottling up inside. Though I liked Abby enough, I have to confess that it took me a long time to warm to her, which I think was supposed to be the point as her background was slowly unravelled. Initially I felt her weak and unable to stand up for herself, with both her family and her abhorent boyfriend, though this frustration did eventually pass, and I found myself caring about what would happen to her too.

The settings felt authentic and the development of the main characters was solid, though I have to say that I didn't particularly warm to any of Abby's friends much- aside from Ryan. I also loathed most of her family, and low-self esteem issues aside, I still can't believe she put up with how they treated her!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once removed 19 May 2012
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Once Removed
KB Walker draws us into the dark heart of the sensitive subject of self-harming, an all too common perplexing aspect of human behaviour. She explores the subject through the eyes of an apparently naïve trainee teacher and one of her history pupils. We watch in horror as the teacher goes way out on a limb beyond the sensible modern limits for teacher/pupil relationships to try to get to the root cause of the pupil's problem. The inevitable happens and the teacher ends up as the accused for a period before the police identify the problem within the family. It is very much a story of family relationships and the undermining effect on individuals when these are destructive. Gradually, we become aware of the reason for the teachers motivation to help and the cathartic effect that the experience has on her. The writing shows considerable insight and sensitivity in handling a difficult topic. I found the book very absorbing and read it in a day. It is strongly recommended for specialist and general readers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once Removed 10 May 2012
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K.B.Walker is a very good storyteller and Once Removed is, I felt, a story close to her heart. When I read the author's notes after I'd finished the book, I understood why.
The two main characters, Abriella and Beth, have very low self esteem and they have developed similar ways to cope with their self-loathing. However, Abriella Garside is ten years older than Beth, and recognises the emotional pain and signs of self abuse that she sees in the girl. Abriella is desperate to help Beth, but finds that, as her teacher, her efforts are often misconstrued.
I was totally absorbed. This is not the sort of novel that I would normally read, but I was quickly drawn in by the characters and the plot. Having worked in schools for many years until retirement, the setting and dialogue had a real authenticity for me. It was not only a book about abuse, self abuse and how to deal with these terrible problems, but also about making judgements on people without knowing the whole story. We are all guilty of this at some time or other and it does no harm to be reminded of this.
Once Removed is a well-constructed, absorbing novel, which I recommend to anyone who likes real life, gritty stories.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once Removed - a must read! 7 May 2012
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This is an easy-to-read book which is hard to put down; infact, I was still reading it in the early hours as it had me hooked from beginning to end. KB Walker really gets into the head of an abused young teenager with low self esteem. It highlights the difficulties faced by teachers when dealing with youngsters with clear emotional issues/suspected abuse. It is a thoroughly good read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable debut 7 May 2012
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Once Removed is a remarkable debut novel from author KB Walker, confronting head-on a challenging issue that many seasoned writers would balk at. Yet far from sacrificing narrative to prove a point, Walker has cleverly used parallel storytelling to illustrate the complex social and emotional issues that can surround cases of self-harm. The story is totally engaging and believable.

The novel explores with great sensitivity the turmoil in the minds of its protagonists, the subtle influences on human behaviour and the imperfections in human character that make us both despicable at times and endearing at others. Furthermore it stimulates a degree of introspection, self-reflection and courage in a wholly unpatronising way.

Like Alison Brook, above, I was hooked by the dramatic and emotional rollercoaster that is Once Removed, and devoured this book within 24h. I would highly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ‘The cover is probably perfect for the subject matter but there’s so...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tim Taylor
Centred upon a young schoolteacher and a troubled pupil, Once Removed is a story about family and friendship, and about how people cope with abuse. Read more
Published on 31 May 2013 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Moving Read
'Once Removed' touches on a difficult subject with great insight and sensitivity. The novel brilliantly examines how children respond to being abused or exploited - in a range of... Read more
Published on 28 Dec. 2012 by J. Gardiner
5.0 out of 5 stars A poignant story, beautifully written
This is a poignant story, beautifully written, about two people afraid to cry out for help as they struggle to find a way through to each other. Read more
Published on 20 Dec. 2012 by jlbwye
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning debut
Once Removed is an incredibly powerful book dealing with great sensitivity issues that shocked, moved and saddened me by turns. It is an astounding debut by KB Walker. Read more
Published on 15 Dec. 2012 by Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars once removed
This is an emotional, sensitively written book. The tension builds slowly at first giving you a chance to get to know and care about the characters. Read more
Published on 10 Oct. 2012 by debbie smith
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting subject
This was an interesting novel, though my experience with Y.A. writing is limited. K.B. Walker does a super job in depicting a difficult topic-that of self-harm. Read more
Published on 10 Oct. 2012 by nanjar
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Like unlocking the valve of a pressure cooker, opening her skin...
Abby (Abriella) Garside is a newly qualified secondary school teacher in a small town in Yorkshire. Beth is a pupil at the school. Read more
Published on 19 July 2012 by L. H. Healy
5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsive - sensitive - original
Having just acquired a Kindle I had been really struggling with not having a proper book in my hand with real pages to turn. Read more
Published on 16 July 2012 by Eileen Padmore
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely gripping
This book is wonderfully written, it was so gripping and I couldn't put it down! It is definietly a must-read, I would recommend it - in fact I already have! Read more
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