Blood Family
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Blood Family

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Edward is four years old when he is locked away with his mother by her abusive, alcoholic partner, Harris. By the time an elderly neighbour spots his pale face peering through a crack in the boarded-up window and raises the alarm, he is seven. Rescue comes, but lasting damage has been done. Sent to live with a kindly foster family, and then adopted, Edward struggles to adapt to normal life. Even as a teenager it's still clear to his new family and schoolmates there's something odd about him. Then one fateful day, Edward catches a glimpse of himself in a photograph. What he sees shocks him to the core - a vision of Harris. Was this monster his father all along? And does that mean that, deep down, another Harris is waiting to break out? Every step of progress Edward has made swiftly begins to unravel, and he has to decide whether his blood will determine his future.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 22mm | 240g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • n/a
  • 0552567639
  • 9780552567633
  • 253,156

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"Strong stuff from a writer who is never afraid to be outspoken" -- Nicholas Tucker Independent "Reading Anne Fine's work is always a challenge as well as a delight. She's like a difficult relative who appears at family events and tells everyone a few home truths, yet gets away with it because she has such a wickedly witty turn of phrase" -- Tony Bradman Guardian "A riveting read" The Bookseller "Once again Fine proves why she is such a prolific author with this dangerous and dark new book ... Evocative, emotional and beautifully imagined" We Love This Book "Excellent" -- Marilyn Brocklehurst The Booksellershow more

About Anne Fine

Anne Fine is one of our most distinguished writers for children. She has written over fifty highly acclaimed books and has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and both the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year and the Carnegie Medal twice over. Anne was appointed the Children's Laureate from 2001-3, and her work has been translated into over forty languages. In 2003 she became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was awarded an OBE. Anne lives in County Durham.show more

Review Text

"Reading Anne Fine’s work is always a challenge as well as a delight. She’s like a difficult relative who appears at family events and tells everyone a few home truths, yet gets away with it because she has such a wickedly witty turn of phrase"show more

Back cover copy

Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2014 'Superb' Guardian Edward is four years old when he is locked away by his mother's violent boyfriend. By the time a neighbour spots his pale face peering through a crack in the boarded-up window, he is seven. Rescue comes, but lasting damage has been done. Years on, it's clear to Edward's new adoptive family that something in his past haunts him still. Then Edward catches sight of a photograph that shocks him to the core. Could there be another monster in his life who has been waiting to break out all along?show more

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570 ratings
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4 38% (216)
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2 8% (45)
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