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Abomination

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Martha is twelve - and very different from other kids, because of her parents. Strict members of a religious group - the Brethren - their rules dominate Martha's life. And one rule is the most important of all: she must never ever invite anyone home. If she does, their shameful secret - Abomination - could be revealed. But as Martha makes her first real friend in Scott, a new boy at school, she begins to wonder. Is she doing the right thing by helping to keep Abomination a secret? And just how far will her parents go to prevent the truth from being known?show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 129.5 x 193 x 15.2mm | 158.76g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reissued paperback
  • 0552555886
  • 9780552555883
  • 184,233

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 turn the page' YOUNG TELEGRAPHshow more

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"A taut and thrilling novel from a master of the unpredictable" * Daily Telegraph * "Robert Swindells writes the kind of books that are so scary you're afraid to turn the page" * Young Telegraph * "Plots which grip the reader from the opening paragraph" * The Sunday Times * "Often chilling, yet ultimately uplifting . . . Totally convincing . . . Absolutely unmissable" * The Bookseller * "Powerful, compassionate and original" * Bournemouth Daily Echo *show more

Back cover copy

Martha is twelve, and very different from other kids. No TV. No computer. No cool clothes. Especially, no friends. It's all because of her parents. Strict members of a religious group, their rules dominate Martha's life. But one rule is the most important of all: Martha must never ever invite anyone home. If she does, their terrible secret - Abomination - could be revealed. . . 'A taut and thrilling novel from a master of the unpredictable' Daily Telegraph Shortlisted for the Children's Book Award and the Whitbread Children's Book Award. Winner of the Stockport and the Sheffield Children's Book Awards. Cover: Tracey and Jerry Parisshow more

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"Powerful, compassionate and original"show more

Rating details

999 ratings
3.73 out of 5 stars
5 28% (277)
4 33% (332)
3 27% (274)
2 8% (83)
1 3% (33)

Our customer reviews

Martha is bullied at school because of her clothes and introverted personality, but Scott is also new at this school, and feels sorry for Martha. Soon he, too, is being bullied by the other kids. In ABOMINATION, the bad guys are a religious extremist group that encourages child abuse, dictates what its parishioners wear, and regulates how they behave. It is a condemning look at a religious faction in which the families do not have television, computers, or cell phones. Twelve-year-old Martha is not allowed to have friends, and can never invite anyone to their house...they might learn of the actual Abomination that lives in the basement. Her older sister, Mary, was expelled from the family at age 16 for bad behavior, and now sends an occasional post card to Martha, which is promptly torn up by their father, and then retrieved and saved by Martha. Though Martha is required to feed and care for the Abomination, the identity of this creature is not revealed until near the end of the book. When Martha realizes what has actually happened with her sister, she and Scott decide to try to contact her, and the suspense kicks into high gear as the kids defy Martha's parents to right a terrible wrong. Swindells has crafted a compelling novel that will keep you reading to the very last page.show more
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