Children of the Resolution Paperback – 9 Nov 2010
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"Children of the Resolution is full of optimism, fight, courage, humour and emotion."
-- Lord Willis of Knaresborough.
"Children of the Resolution is full of optimism, fight, courage, humour and emotion." -- Lord Willis of Knaresborough.
From the Back Cover
"Children of the Resolution is more than a novel, it is a commentary on the work of educationalists, practitioners and politicians who see education through their own eyes and experiences and not those of the real participants, our young people." Lord Willis of Knaresborough.
Top Customer Reviews
Carl begins his story by describing his time at Sunnyvale and his subsequent move to The Resolution which was classed at the time as an integrated establishment. These recollections are so interesting as they focus on so many different aspects of growing up. Carl was a child and an awkward teenager just like those without his condition, he had to deal with girls and the school bully. Alongside that, Carl had problems such as finding a desk that was comfortable for him to work on, something that should have had a simple solution but instead caused him no end of problems.
I think that Gary William Murning has written a very interesting and important book. Carl does not behave like a victim; he is simply describing how it was. Children of the Resolution is not out to get anyone but is simply showing what they tried to do within the education system and what worked as well as what went wrong.Read more ›
Children of the Resolution is a dark and moving coming-of-age story, the journey of a clever disabled boy, Carl Grantham. The setting is the late 1970's and early 1980's, a time when there was apparently a "resolution" to be more inclusive of the handicap in Great Britain. Part of what makes this story so relevant, right now, is the current effort of the coalition government to sell UK citizens the "Big Society". It's not hard to imagine after reading Children how the impact of that policy will go awry. This book is about how the disabled were (and are) treated, from an insiders perspective. It's not encouraging how good intentions go wrong.
But back to the story, Carl, is disabled, wheel chair bound, but that's really only the beginning of the character. Carl's an avid and thoughtful reader, he listens to Elvis, he can cuss a blue streak, he's willful, sometimes cutting and judgmental, and, he has heart. One of the values of this book is that it humanizes the disabled in an unsentimental way, removing the barrier of their difference, and letting us see them as simply people. People like Carl's mate, Johnny, another disabled boy. Here the portrait painted is Goya-esque; twisted, beautiful, dark, sad, heart-rending, courageous, funny, and unforgettable.Read more ›
I found the main character Carl and his supporting cast of friends to be very believable and engaging; you do have to turn just that one extra page to see what happens next. I'm certainly looking forward to more from Gary Murning, whose writing is diverse, entertaining and thought provoking.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Children of the Resolution follows the schooldays of Carl Grantham. Carl is disabled and is a pupil at the experimental Resolution school which attempts to integrate disabled... Read morePublished on 9 Dec. 2012 by Shay's best friend
I was captivated from the outset. The characters charmed and enthralled me. Lost as i was between the pages i was unable to stop reading ... Read morePublished on 3 Dec. 2012 by Mike Smith
A semi autobiographical novel according to the author. This novel made me think about things that I haven't previously given a lot of thought to. Read morePublished on 18 Jun. 2012 by Mulled Red
I have just finished reading "Children of the Resolution", a semi autobiographical novel by Gary William Murning, and I fully intend to start reading it again. I miss it! Read morePublished on 30 Sept. 2011 by Mazzy
Gary William Murning has created a marvellous book that gives an insight into the perils - and joys - of growing up in the 1970s with a severe physical disability. Read morePublished on 30 Aug. 2011 by N. J. Rogers
This is an amazing story about a child born with a physical disability. It tells the struggles of coping with changes within the educational system but more importantly, the bonds... Read morePublished on 15 Aug. 2011 by Jane Lomas
'I had no idea what this book was about as I didn't read the press release, I just jumped straight in and started reading. Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2011 by Book-Shelf
I have to say that this book rates , in my humble opioion as one of the best books I have been blessed with , its fast , fun and well worth a readPublished on 26 Jun. 2011 by Mike Bradbury
Children of the Resolution is a thought-provoking, well written story of a young boy's journey through the integrated education system, juxtaposed with his reflections of that... Read morePublished on 7 Jun. 2011 by ElaineSP