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Joan Lingard
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30 Mar 1995 Puffin Teenage Fiction

Sadie is Protestant, Kevin is Catholic - and on the tense streets of Belfast their lives collide. It starts with a dare - kids fooling around - but soon becomes something dangerous. Getting to know Sadie Jackson will change Kevin's life forever. But will the world around them change too?

The first of Joan Lingard's ground-breaking Kevin and Sadie books.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (30 Mar 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140371753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140371758
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 11 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joan Lingard was born in Edinburgh and grew up in Belfast where she lived until she was eighteen. She began to write when she was eleven years old and always wanted to be a writer. She is particularly well-known for the Kevin and Sadie titles, beginning with THE TWELFTH DAY OF JULY, which are set against the troubled background of Ireland. Joan was given an MBE for distinguished service to children's literature. She lives in Edinburgh.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dated but Relevant 4 Feb 2004
I first read this book in 1976, when I was eleven, simply because the title happened to be my sisters birthday. However I was profoundly affected by it, and it helped give me a better understanding of the background to the seemly endless violence in Northern Ireland that was making daily headlines at that time.
For me it sparked a life long interest in Ireland and the Irish people. And as an adult, having had children of my own, I bought the book for them and found that they too found it thought provoking.
It's now a very old book, and the language is somewhat dated. However a good story will last the test of time, and this book is a good story which will leave you thinking about the futility of the troubles and the religious bigotry.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential read 28 Jan 2010
I was given this book as a present in the 80's when I was in my teens and have never forgotten it. I went on to read all the books in this series. I grew up in Dublin and spent summer holidays in the North of Ire so was well aware of the troubles, but this book and the ones that followed were something I could really relate to due to my age at the time.

I now live in Eng and have a very young daughter, but when she is old enough I will be giving her this book to read so she understands the trouble in Ire. I think it is an essential read for a young teenager. It doesn't shy away from highlighting the trouble both communties suffered and at the same time is very readable and enjoyable. A must!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
If anyone ever wanted to know why there is such a problem in Northern Ireland, this book provides a good explanation. The story deals with escalation of hostilities between two groups divided by religion & politics. It doesn't try to take sides on the issue only show the futility of it.
Perhaps the most disappointing thing is the ending, which is fairly happy, but doesn't really do justice to the scale of hatred that still exists in Northern Ireland. That is left for the sequels (particularly Across the Barricades).
The book is also slightly dated, obviously set in the seventies (which is when I first read it). Had it been written today - there would probably be more violence!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 22 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
An excellent read. I am reading again as I first read this for GCSE English. I appreciate it far more second time around!
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5.0 out of 5 stars met read 28 Dec 2013
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Excellent book. Must read. Story is excellent and easy to follow. Definitely one of the best books around. Happy reading
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5.0 out of 5 stars Memories a great read 8 July 2013
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Read this book when I was 12, now 44 read again fantastic again but understand it differently. Unfortunately whole series not available on kindle
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasic 7 Jun 2013
By 2plus1
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Great to finally get reading the rest of the books in the set (I read Accross the barricades st school) but didnt know there were more, my son is now reading them at school and cant put them down
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3.0 out of 5 stars Childhood book 17 May 2013
By Shopper
Format:Kindle Edition
Read this book in high school and thought I would like to re-read it again, and I still like it today as much as I did back then.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Am really enjoying this.
Read this at school and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is the first book in the "Kevin and Sadie" Series. See my comment for "Across the Barricades".
Published 2 months ago by Greg Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!
Loved "Across The Barricades" too. So did my ten year old. We just wish the rest of the series was available on Kindle.
Published 14 months ago by Mrs S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fond memories
I got this book for my niece for her birthday, not sure if she's read it yet, I loved it, and the others in the series, when I was her age.
Published 20 months ago by Annieblue
5.0 out of 5 stars The Twelfth day of july
I remember reading this novel in secondary school and now at the age of 45 i still hold this book very close to my heart along with the second novel in the series 'Across the... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Elvis fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle
I first read this book at school and loved it, I also read the second book but was disappointed to find the rest of the books in the serious are not compatible for the kindle.
Published on 1 Jan 2011 by Heather
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Kevin and Sadie book
This first book about Kevin and Sadie is in my opinion the best of the five books. It is very suited for esl education as it gives a clear and exiting look into the lives of... Read more
Published on 28 Oct 2009 by Anne Holm Vester
5.0 out of 5 stars The twelveth day of july
Read this and the other books in the trilogy (across the barricades) and (kevin and sadie) these books really developed my interest in reading when I was 14 years of age Im still... Read more
Published on 22 April 2009 by Mrs. B. J. Hilton
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