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The Twelfth Day of July: A Kevin and Sadie Story (Puffin Teenage Fiction) Mass Market Paperback – 30 Mar 1995

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (30 Mar. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140371753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140371758
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Joan Lingard was born in Edinburgh and grew up in Belfast where she lived until she was eighteen. She is particularly well-known for her quintet of young adult titles about Kevin and Sadie and their love across the religious divide during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. The series begins with THE TWELFTH DAY OF JULY. In 1998 Joan was awarded an MBE for distinguished service to children's literature. She lives in Edinburgh and is married, with three children and five grandchildren.


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Just as good as the first time I read it. Thought me about the divide and king Billy. Fantastic book
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Remember Joan Lingard from my youth and her Kevin and Sadie stories have stayed with me for years
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bringing back childhood memories, thanks
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If anyone ever wanted to know why there is such a problem in Northern Ireland, this book provides a good explanation. The story deals with escalation of hostilities between two groups divided by religion & politics. It doesn't try to take sides on the issue only show the futility of it.
Perhaps the most disappointing thing is the ending, which is fairly happy, but doesn't really do justice to the scale of hatred that still exists in Northern Ireland. That is left for the sequels (particularly Across the Barricades).
The book is also slightly dated, obviously set in the seventies (which is when I first read it). Had it been written today - there would probably be more violence!
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I was given this book as a present in the 80's when I was in my teens and have never forgotten it. I went on to read all the books in this series. I grew up in Dublin and spent summer holidays in the North of Ire so was well aware of the troubles, but this book and the ones that followed were something I could really relate to due to my age at the time.

I now live in Eng and have a very young daughter, but when she is old enough I will be giving her this book to read so she understands the trouble in Ire. I think it is an essential read for a young teenager. It doesn't shy away from highlighting the trouble both communties suffered and at the same time is very readable and enjoyable. A must!!!
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I first read this book in 1976, when I was eleven, simply because the title happened to be my sisters birthday. However I was profoundly affected by it, and it helped give me a better understanding of the background to the seemly endless violence in Northern Ireland that was making daily headlines at that time.
For me it sparked a life long interest in Ireland and the Irish people. And as an adult, having had children of my own, I bought the book for them and found that they too found it thought provoking.
It's now a very old book, and the language is somewhat dated. However a good story will last the test of time, and this book is a good story which will leave you thinking about the futility of the troubles and the religious bigotry.
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It's about kids, written for kids (early teens), but good for anyone interested in understanding Northern Ireland during the "troubles". Joan Lingard writes as one who grew up in Belfast. Her characters are authentic natives from both sides of the divide, kids, their parents, their neighbours, streets lined with terrace houses. Going by the copyright date, it's the 1960s, probably a few years before the setting of Gerald Seymour's Harry's Game (which I've also reviewed), and before Bloody Sunday. Neither the IRA nor any Protestant paramilitaries figure in the story, only the two neighbourhoods, probably somewhere in West Belfast. It's enough that it takes place during the few days leading up to the most controversial date in the Irish calendar -- hence, the title.

On the Protestant side, Sadie and her brother, Tommy, are getting ready for the big day, practicing to march in the parade, and decorating their street. Sadie is the feisty fireball, the one who rallies the neighbourhood kids to action, sometimes getting into a spot of trouble. Over on the Catholic side, live Keven and his sister Brede. Keven gets restless when things are too quiet, which things are on their side of the divide. Brede prefers to read her books and stay out of trouble.

The ball gets rolling as Keven and his friend Brian decide to sneak into the Protestant neighbourhood in middle of the night, and deface a mural of "King Billy" -- as William of Orange is fondly called by the "Prods". Sadie catches them in the act, and, being the sprinter that she is, catches up with him and tackles him to the ground; their first meeting.
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I remember reading this first novel by Joan Lingard when i was in Secondary school and i was immediately hooked. In this 1st novel you meet both Sadie Jackson and her brother and her parents and Kevin McCoy and his family for the first time. Sadie Jackson is a Protestant and Kevin McCoy is a Catholic. It is the troubles in Northern Ireland and the streets are not safe to walk after it gets dark.Kevin and his best friend Brian Rafferty decide to go for a stroll over to 'THE OTHER SIDE' and they see a gable wall with the Northern Ireland protestant hero King Billy on his horse. The 2 Catholic boys deface the mural, someone hears them and that someone is Tommy, Sadie's brother. Tommy goes into Sadie's bedroom and Tommy gets her to listen. The 2 jacksons head down stairs and head outside and catches kevin and brian in the act of defacing king billy. Brian runs off and while kevin tries to run he either slips on the paint or sadie tackles him to the ground but! i do know sadie does get him on the ground and thats when they meet for the first time. I won't destroy the novel but! you don't need to be from Northern Ireland to read this fantastic novel. Its worthy of a read. Across the barricades is the 2nd novel of Sadie and Kevin. BUY both. You won't be disappointed
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