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Back to Blackbrick Paperback – 16 Jan 2014

4.7 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Age Range: 6 - 11 years
  • Publisher: Orion Children's Books (16 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444007092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444007091
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.1 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 425,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A tear-jerker with lessons in how to live life to the full. (Nicolette Jones THE SUNDAY TIMES)

one of Ireland's most interesting children's writers (IRISH INDEPENDENT)

...a clever, engaging story of a teenager who finds an unexpected way to deal with the gradual disintegration of his grandfather's memories and personality. (Josh Lacey THE GUARDIAN)

Back to Blackbrick tackles one of the great social and medical issues of our time, but does so eloquently, sensitively and with knowing humour. We are the sum of our memories, and Sarah Moore Fitzgerald explores this idea in a unique and compelling way. As well as being a thoroughly enjoyable read, the book could help young people to understand how Alzheimer's takes its toll as the disease becomes increasingly common. (Rebecca Wood, Chief Executive ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCH UK)

Orion has high expectations for this debut author, and deservedly so. Original and compelling, this is a beautifully written novel about love, loss, history and memory for readers of 10+. Wonderful storytelling. (THE BOOKSELLER)

A thoughtful novel about memory, the past and about how our actions have consequences (Hughes and Hughes IRISH PARENT)

Back to Blackbrick deals with the serious and complex emotions facing a young teenager as he comes to terms with his grandfather's dementia. Sarah Moore Fitzgerald explores the complex emotions surrounding Alzheimer's disease, but in the context of a warm and humorous story exploring memory, family, separation and loss. A highly entertaining read, this will also introduce young people to one of the greatest social, medical and economic challenges of our time. (Dr Selina Wray, Dementia Research Scientist ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCH UK)

The characters are well-drawn in this absorbing and thought-provoking timeslip novel. Sarah Moore Fitzgerald tells a moving and original story of love and loss with both humour and understanding. (BOOKTRUST)

A beautifully pitched book about seeing a grandparent deteriorate due to Alzheimer's. A pitch perfect book that had me hooked from the first page and refused to let go. (THE BOOKBAG)

The reader is drawn into a strange world of great friendships, loyalty and tragedy. Back to Blackbrick is a very original and unusual read. (INIS MAGAZINE)

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Lost memories, lost times, lost lives - heartbreakingly sad and yet uplifting too, a stunning debut by an Irish writer whose work is reminiscent of Annabel Pitcher and Siobhan Dowd - about a boy and his grandfather, who suffers from Alzheimer's.

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