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Surrender Hardcover – 1 May 2007


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  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning (1 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756979161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756979164
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,823,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hartnett exemplifies the quality and complexity of contemporary children's books. She is superb." The Guardian "What an original and intriguing writer Sonya Hartnett is... [The reader is] uplifted by the beauty and simplicity of the language, the sharpness of the observation and the depth of feeling untrammelled by sentiment." The Observer" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Sonya Hartnett explores the minds and lives of her subjects with stark and potent metaphors. Compassion is Hartnett's ink." (The Age)

"Hartnett exemplifies the quality and complexity of contemporary children's books. She is superb." (The Guardian)

"What an original and intriguing writer Sonya Hartnett is . . . [The reader is] uplifted by the beauty and simplicity of the language, the sharpness of the observation and the depth of feeling untrammelled by sentiment." (The Observer)

"Humphrey Bower is simply sensational as 20-year-old Anwell, confined to bed, bitter, and dying horribly. As a terrified 7-year-old charged with keeping his handicapped brother quiet, Anwell accidentally suffocated him. Neither his cold, distant father nor his emotionally disturbed mother can forgive him. His comfort comes from a pact made with his friend, Finnigan. Finnigan does the 'bad things', so Anwell won't have to. Bower's artistry keeps listeners wondering about Finnigan. Is he the perpetrator of a series of arsons in isolated Mulyan, 'a town of abominable secrets and myth'? Is he real, or merely Anwell's shadow made substance? In Sonya Hartnett's beautifully written, unflinching look at guilt, mental illness, and death, Bower's voicing is a small miracle of subtlety and insight." (AudioFile Magazine) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 July 2005
Format: Paperback
Utterly unpatronising, dense and fiery language, parents who make the Wicked Witch of the West look like Mary Poppins, feral boy and feral dog, legend and fantasy, dream and nightmare, and are we dealing with terminal illness or a cocktail of schizophrenias? One of those truly searching 'cross-overs' of adult and children's fiction. On one level a rite of passage, on another a playing out of adolescent rage, revenge and fear in a world more or less closed to adults. Ranks with - and this is meant to be the highest praise - Robert Cormier at his very best.
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By Amy Westray on 4 Feb. 2013
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a truly brill book that when u start reading you cant put it down it really gets you involved with the story and at the end every makes sense there is light at the end of the tunnel
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By Kit Kat on 16 Sept. 2010
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When I started to read the book I was drawn in straight away, I wanted to keep reading to find answers. It is an interesting, easy read but when I got to the final page I was disappointed.
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