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Moving family story, with messages about family, friendship and tolerance
on 18 April 2013
This seems to be part of a growing trend in young adult fiction for tales where a young character dies.
We find out on the first page there has been a death but only find out who at the end. The journey of Iris over one summer, as her family struggle to cope with the absence of their (travelling, free-spirited) mother and the arrival of a family of travellers on their land.
I enjoyed the exploration of Iris and her brother as they miss their mother, but didn't find her budding relationship with the traveller boy Trick very realistic (it seemed to come about all of a sudden).
Still, the ill feeling towards the travellers is scary, nasty and all-too-real and the denouement shocking and very sad. Especially as you may feel ambivalent towards the 'victim'.
A good YA dramatic story.