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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Children's Books (5 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444011065
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444011067
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marcus Sedgwick used to work in children's publishing and before that he was a bookseller. He now happily writes full-time. His books have been shortlisted for many awards, including The Guardian Children's Fiction Award, the Blue Peter Book Award, the Carnegie Medal and the Edgar Allan Poe Award.

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'captures the awfulness of war, and the fear felt by families when their loved ones have gone to fight.' -- Christine Bennett, aged 15, SUNDAY EXPRESS --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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World War One anniversary edition with new bonus material - Sasha can see the future but can she use her power to save her brothers and change their destiny?

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Barnes on 20 Feb. 2007
Format: Paperback
Beautifully written (as always from Marcus Sedgwick), this thought provoking novel will help to bring alive a small part of the horror and sadness of the First World War for the next generation. Brings to life the reality of war in France and the senseless loss of so many men on the fields of Flanders.

In 1915 Sasha (Alexandra) Fox is 17 years old, and lives in her family home, a large house in Brighton. Sasha has a privileged background. Her father is an eminent doctor at the local hospital and Sasha is from an era where young ladies were not expected to work, but to marry well. Sasha's future seems to be mapped out. However, war alters this perspective.

Sasha has two elder brothers; Edgar who is a few years her senior, and Tom (her closest confidant) who is a year older than herself. Edgar enlists as an officer almost as soon as the war has begun, and in 1915 he goes off to the fields of France to fight. Tom is not so sure that he wants to follow in his brother's footsteps, but he has some time to decide as he is not yet 18. Sasha wants to help with the war effort and after much persuasion eventually persuades her father to let her train as a VAD nurse and start work in the local hospital. However, a few strange events with patients in the hospital (Sasha has visions and premonitions of death) lead to her father preventing her from working there any longer.

But Sasha won't give up... And her visions get stronger and become more personal... There's just something that Sasha has to do.

My only criticism is that the paragraphs about Sasha's visions and dreams are not as clear and well-constructed as the rest of the novel. This is probably intentional, but annoys me just slightly. If you enjoy this and want to read a real life account try Vera Brittain's "Testament of Youth" and "Letters from a Lost Generation". Although "Foreshadowing" is aimed at older children, this is equally readable by adults as well! I can recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lady Fancifull TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Aug. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is my second Sedgwick, and I'm eagerly working my way through more. What a wonderful and layered writer he is. I'm curious to see if the marriage between historical event, transposed into fiction, and the connection to myth and fairy tales continues in subsequent novels. This story of the First World War, and the journey of a young woman who becomes a VAD, and then goes to the front to search for her brother, is a remarkably clear handling of political viewpoints as they changed throughout the war; most particularly the split between a 'patriotic' population at home, who thought the war a good thing, and how the reality of the carnage affected the soldiers. Sedgwick beautifully gets under the skin of his intelligent and likeable central character, and the beginning of change for a generation of young women who were beginning to see their lives might be more than marriage and motherhood.

Sedgwick gives his account extra depth and resonance through linking the protagonist with Cassandra - hence the title of the book, as Cassandra possessed the ability to perceive tragic events, but her vision was a curse to her, as no-one believed her, and she was spurned and outcast for her abilities. Sasha, Sedgwick's central character, also has these 'gifts' and like Cassandra, they are visions of a time of war and conflict. The connection reminds us of how deeply wars are ingrained in our psyche.

Sedgwick ostensibly is writing for 'young adults'; his writing is deep and true enough to satisfy old adults as well. He reminds me so much of Alan Garner, another writer as mythic and satisfying for not yet adults and adults who have not forgotten their connection to childhood - whatever their age!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A reader on 8 Oct. 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is quite gothic in some parts, sad in others and it captures the horror and brutality of war perfectly. It shows the dilemmas of Sasha a young woman with an extraordinary gift in the WW1. Sasha can tell how and when people are going to die, and when her two brothers go to war, she has to use her psychic abilities to save their lives. This book was so good that I read it in one day- I could not put it down. There must have been so much research on the part of the author to make this book as realistic and powerful as it is. An excellent read for teenage boys ang girls alike.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Charliecat on 4 July 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is an astonishing and amazing read. It's dark and filled with death. Excellent details about the horrors of the first world war and the trenches. The wastefulness of the war.

Alexandra is a girl who sees the future and she sees such tragedy that she feels she must try and stop it but is the future already written and what can a young girl, like her, do in the middle of a war?
This is a stunning novel. I couldn't put it down.
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By DubaiReader VINE VOICE on 25 Jun. 2007
Format: Paperback
This was a really excellent novel incorporating the horrors of warfare in the fist world war, with an interesting slant on premonitions and foreshadowing of death.

Alexandra is a teenager in a wealthy family. Her father is a respected doctor and of her two older brothers, the younger, Tom, also wants to follow in his footsteps. As WWI breaks, her father expects his boys to 'do the right thing' and sign up for the war effort.

Edgar signs on to train as an officer while Tom goes to medical school (considered by some to be a coward's way out).

After much pressure, Alexandra manages to persuade her father to let her train as a volunteer nurse in the local hospital. Unfortunately her premonitions of the death of some of the patients upset her father and she is prohibited from continuing.

As the war progresses and the casualties mount, these premonitions become more powerful and more frequent. Inevitably they eventually include people close to Alexandra and she feels compelled to try to change fate.

Elegantly composed, thought provoking and informative, this book was extremely well written and I was with Alexandra every step of the way.

Highly recommended for teens and adults alike.
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