- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Twelfth Day of July: A Kevin and Sadie Story (Puffin Teenage Fiction) Mass Market Paperback – 30 Mar 1995
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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!!!
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just brilliant. Bought for my children years back and now buying for my teenage grandchildren.Published 4 months ago by J. L. Bryant
I read this book back in school, many moons ago, it helped me understand a bit better about the troubles in Ireland. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tracey
I enjoy true stories so this is only part of a series of books - I have not finished the series but enjoying what I have read till now. Great value.Published 14 months ago by mamma
Like many other children in Northern Ireland, I was given this book to read in school at the age of eleven. I was genuinely thrilled to read something that resonated with my life. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Angeline King