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Losing Agir Paperback – 10 Dec 2012
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About the Author
For many years, Liz Fisher-Frank worked as a solicitor specialising in representing children and young people. She set up and ran projects in law firms and charities aimed at helping young people access advice. Much of her work was for young people in or leaving care, the homeless and those facing family problems. Liz also campaigned to help improve access to the law for young people. Liz is now busy writing. Her books and plays all have some kind of connection to the law. She is still a big believer in improving awareness of the law amongst children and young people. The only difference is that she is attempting to do that, in her own small way, now as a writer rather than a lawyer.
Top Customer Reviews
I have to say that I am not a teen, and I guess this is the agegroup the book is aimed at. The plot centres around a teenage girl in care, a teenage illegal immigrant and exploitative and dismissive adults.
The story touches on a multitude of issues affecting these people, centred around the traffiking of young Kurds from Turkey. This is a neat and effective way of 'realising' the oppresive lives lived by others, both in this country and abroad.
If, like me, you are pretty ignorant of world issues and stuff that goes on outside the sphere of stable british family life then I would not hesitate to recommend this book. It is an eye-opener for sure and the story line has enough teen love and angst at the attitudes of grown-ups for the target reader to identify with.
It is interesting that the author is involved with human rights and this comes across in the story. There is no hesitation in describing the native plight of the Kurds and it is refreshing to find a lack of exaggeration in political fiction. The notes at the end of the book describing the real case on which the story is based endorses the sense of authenticity obtained when reading the book and I am sure will inspire those with only a passing interest for world affairs to find out a bit more.
This book is really worth a read or buying for a teenager. I will be passing my copy on to my daughter as I know she will enjoy it. I will also look out for the next book and not rely on chance to find one on the tube.
The quick moving action, the vivid descriptions, the general apathy of the establishment and the simple explanation of the legal framework would have been a fantastic catalyst for discussion and debate not only about these issues but also about relationships, emotions, effects of trauma and impulsive risky behaviours.
A well written provocative page turner, a must read for all key stage three/four PSHE teachers and students.
This is a brilliant book, written in such a way that young adults can understand. It gives them an understanding that adults are not always right and do not always have their best interests at heart. It empowers them to stand up for what they beleive in and challenge bad behaviour of those adults around them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My daughter (age 11) and I both read Losing Agir and we both really enjoyed it. I loved the story and the two main characters - teenagers from different worlds but with one thing... Read morePublished on 22 April 2014 by Mrs. Mp Fenn
Well-written and substantial work. Interesting subject matter about the exploitation of political refugees caught up in human trafficking and the vulnerability of teenage girls in... Read morePublished on 15 July 2013 by P M F Borlenghi
Liz has written a very plausible and realistic gripping story of the suffering which surrounds child traffiking. Read morePublished on 8 Mar. 2013 by Pete
i downloaded this book free,having read other reviews,and they were spot on,a very believable tale,dont really know why its classed as teen fiction,i think all agegroups would... Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 2013 by KARIS
I bought this book for my 13 year old niece after reading a review on Amazon. She loved it so much that she insisted I read it after her and I'm delighted I did! Read morePublished on 27 Jan. 2013 by nick
I couldn't put this book down. From the terrifying prologue to the outcome at the end, the book weaves between child trafficking, foster care and teenage themes. Read morePublished on 25 Jan. 2013 by Sophie