Movingly portrayed, the irrepressible hope familiar to all teenagers is played out against a background that is completely unfamiliar. Growing up in Baghdad under Saddam Hussain’s repressive regime, Lina is used to being careful what she says and even careful about what she thinks. It’s easy to remember; the absence of her mother reminds her of the price that is paid by those who don’t do what the government want. When the bombs fall and the regime topples, Lina and her father hope that things may get better. But the deal is much more complicated. As the city falls into disarray around her and her father is randomly killed, Lina finds that almost everything she holds dear is taken from her. The future is bleak until a spark of love in the most unexpected place kindles a spark of hope...It’s enough to keep Lina going until she finds greater peace when an important piece of her life’s jigsaw is slotted into place.
A beautiful love story and contemporary fairytale set against the backdrop of the Iraq war, this stunning and moving novel will break your heart, only to put it back together again! This is the story of Lina, a teenage girl from Baghdad. It starts in 2003, as the bombs begin to fall on the city. In it, Lina fights to survive, to find a life for herself amid the chaos of war, to find what happened to her mother in the years before the war, when she was taken away by the secret police. She also falls in love, with the one person she should never have fallen in love with. It is many things. It is a love story, both for a country and for a person. It is about an amazing girl, growing up in the worst circumstances imaginable. It contains a necklace, that was lost but might still be found. And that is all we can say, without ruining this extraordinary and beautiful modern fairy tale!
'This is a moving and ultimately uplifting story which provides teenagers with an insight into the human tragedies behind the headlines.. Recommended reading. Families rating 4/6' - Families South West
Publication date: 07/06/2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||7th June 2012|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||NewGen - YA Fiction, eBook Favourites,|
|Categories:||Romance & relationships stories (Children's / Teenage),|
Kerry Drewery has always had a passion for writing. She was a finalist in a BBC script-writing competition in 2009 and is currently hugely involved with Bookstart. Kerry lives in Lincolnshire with her husband and children. The story of A Brighter Fear was created through Kerry’s own fascination with the Iraq war. Kerry’s sensitive approach creates a beautiful, contemporary fairytale that will stay with teen readers for a lifetime.More About Kerry Drewery