The Bombs That Brought Us Together
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The Bombs That Brought Us Together

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Fourteen-year-old Charlie Law has lived in Little Town, on the border with Old Country, all his life. He knows the rules: no going out after dark; no drinking; no litter; no fighting. You don't want to get on the wrong side of the people who run Little Town. When he meets Pavel Duda, a refugee from Old Country, the rules start to get broken. Then the bombs come, and the soldiers from Old Country, and Little Town changes forever. Sometimes, to keep the people you love safe, you have to do bad things. As Little Town's rules crumble, Charlie is sucked into a dangerous game. There's a gun, and a bad man, and his closest friend, and his dearest enemy. Charlie Law wants to keep everyone happy, even if it kills him. And maybe it will . . . But he's got to kill someone else first.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 361 pages
  • 142 x 211 x 33mm | 431g
  • Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 161963838X
  • 9781619638389
  • 1,826,124

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"A timeless allegory. . . Conaghan tackles the complexities of war, occupation, and totalitarianism in a direct and accessible way, portraying violence frankly but without sensationalism." - Kirkus Reviews "Conaghan presents a compelling situation with no easy answers; it's easy to sympathize with Charlie's moral and ethical dilemmas, and the dichotomy between Old Country and Little Town could fuel provocative discussions." - Publishers Weekly "This book brings light to communities where teens are struggling under a repressive government or regime pressured by a larger neighboring nation. . . Readers will fly through the last portion of the book in one sitting." - School Library Journal "This accomplished new novel establishes Conaghan as a major talent. It s incredibly powerful and thought-provoking on big issues such as nationalism, war and refugees, and poses some challenging moral questions. It s also brilliantly funny, with characters you will really root for." - Bookseller "Readers will identify with the teens' struggle to maintain friendships and make hard decisions under great duress in this captivating, redemptive story with many themes for discussion. Immediately engulfs the reader in an elevating sense of pressure that needs to be resolved. Highly Recommended." - School Library Connection "Unlike dystopian fiction set comfortably in the future, Conaghan's dystopia, with its parallels to the Cold War and contemporary conflicts of ethnic versus political borders, is all too easy to envision today." - The Horn Book Magazine "Deals with differences between people and how they react, the effects of bullying, right and wrong, and how we choose a path we may not be sure is right." - VOYA "Dylan is smart and caring, and beneath his realistically portrayed condition, he is a normal teenager with relatable concerns. As Dylan would say, this one is 'A-mayonnaise-ing.'" Booklist on WHEN MR. DOG BITES "An uncompromising look at the effects of Tourette s, autism, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder on those who have them and their friends and family . . . Conaghan . . . does an excellent job of portraying his unconventional and memorable protagonist." Publishers Weekly on WHEN MR. DOG BITES "An appealingly offbeat look at friendship, sex and what s really 'normal.'" Kirkus Reviews on WHEN MR. DOG BITES "This first person account is insightful, engaging, and immerses teens into the world of Tourette's . . . . Uninhibited and compelling." School Library Journal on WHEN MR. DOG BITES "An unusual coming-of-age tale that is thoroughly engaging." VOYA on WHEN MR. DOG BITES "show more

About Brian Conaghan

Brian Conaghan lives and works as a teacher in Dublin and has a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. Throughout the years, Brian has made a living as a painter and decorator, bartender, teacher, and now writer. When Mr. Dog Bites was his debut American novel. @BrianConaghanshow more

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190 ratings
3.55 out of 5 stars
5 16% (30)
4 35% (67)
3 39% (75)
2 8% (15)
1 2% (3)
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