Ruby Tanya

by Robert Swindells

Ruby Tanya Synopsis

This is a contemporary tale about two friends - one of whom, Asra, is an asylum seeker from an unnamed Eastern European country. The other, Ruby Tanya, is the daughter of a local man who is campaigning against the presence of asylum seekers in his community. During a dramatic explosion at the girls' school, a young teacher is killed. The asylum seekers at the local camp are blamed, and local people begin to argue that they should be deported. A branch of the National Front gets involved and demos are planned. Asra and her parents are due to be deported, but Asra runs away at the last minute so her parents have to return without her. She hides in a nearby derelict building and is helped by Ruby Tanya.

Ruby Tanya Press Reviews

Provides a gently persuasive argument for doing the right thing even if that leads you into conflict with your family * TES * The book opens with an explosion and maintains its pace throughout * Observer * The subject is very relevant today and Swindell's approach for younger readers is superbly formed * Independent On Sunday * The plot moves quickly, building to a gripping and frightening climax . . . An interesting read * The School Librarian * Is a challenging story of friendship set against difficult and topical subject matter * The Sunday Times *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780440863984
Publication date: 3rd February 2005
Author: Robert Swindells
Publisher: Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books) an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Categories: General fiction (Children's / Teenage),

About Robert Swindells

ROBERT SWINDELLS left school at fifteen to work on a local newspaper. At seventeen, he joined the RAF for three years, then trained and worked as a teacher. Now a full-time writer, he is the author of a number of bestselling titles for the Random House children's list. In 1994 he won the Carnegie Medal for STONE COLD (Hamish Hamilton), a teenage novel about a serial killer. RUBY TANYA won the Salford Children's Book Award 2005. 'Plots which grip the reader from the opening paragraph' THE SUNDAY TIMES 'Robert Swindells writes the kinds of books that are so scary you're afraid to ...

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