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Unloved: The True Story of a Stolen Childhood
Unloved: The True Story of a Stolen Childhood
by Peter Roche
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly shocking and sad!, 22 Dec 2007
Before reading this book, I read the back to get some idea of what it was all about. I came to the conclusion that it was going to be similar to reading A child called It by Pelzer. Unfortunately, it was worse. It was a shocking story of unbelievable cruelity to an innocent child but what made it even worse is the fact that the authorities of that time used Peter's situation to bring attention to some elements of his life but did nothing at all to help him.

I can't even begin to imagine the extent of what Peter felt when he discovered this. I applaud his bravery and courage and pray that he will remain strong and surrounded by his loving wife and children.


The Deadly Dare Mysteries
The Deadly Dare Mysteries
by Malorie Blackman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I dare you to read this book!, 9 Dec 2007
I became a fan of Malorie Blackman's writing after reading her Noughts and Crosses Trilogy. I think she is one of very few writers who develops her plot fully and does not rush to finish the book towards the end.

The Deadly Dare mysteries opens with Theo and Ricky having to deal with a new classmate and the dare game she has introduced. Everyone who want to play has to write a dare and place it in a bag. Each participant has to select a dare and perform without telling anyone else.

The second mystery deals with Jade and her recently dead father who is supposedly communicating with her through email while in the third mystery Theo, Ricky and Angela try to uncover the truth about inventor Darius Marriott.

This book is very different from Blackman's previous work in Noughts and Crosses. I found reading the book enjoyable and I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. Highly recommended.


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