Red Moon by Rachel Anderson

Red Moon

Written by Rachel Anderson

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The complexities of making choices in a world rich in different values, expectations and beliefs is cleverly explored in this hugely topical story. After the death of his father in a random violent attack, Hamish sheds the tolerant views he had been brought up with and slips into being alienated and negative, adopting the prejudiced and racist views he has previously despised. But Hamish changes again when he has to help Ali, the sole survivor among a group of North African refugees whose boat founders on the French coast. Powerfully written and thought provoking, this is a powerful read.


Red Moon by Rachel Anderson

Hamish is sensible, conscientious, and respectable, friends with the good boys, stays away from the bad ones. When his father is murdered in an act of random violence, Hamish's world turns upside down. Angry and alienated, Hamish begins to lose his tolerant beliefs and is drawn towards racist reactions.


Innovative and daring. Books for Keeps Rachel Anderson pulls no punches. Carousel Inventiveness and a sympathy for human difference. Philip Pullman, The Guardian ... shows enormous skill in imagining a child's perspective on events bewildering even to adults. Publishers Weekly ... writes with observation and subtle humour but with no trace of sentimentality. Sunday Telegraph ... perceptive writing and quietly provocative approach to themes that are far removed from conventionally acceptable topics for young readers. Stephanie Nettell, Books for Keeps RED MOON: 'the novel provides sensitive and thought-provoking insights

'... a brave novel ... Anderson cleverly has portrayed one of the world's most current debated issues to children in a simple and comfortable way for them to understand ... Red Moon inspires us to acknowledge the suffering of others in cultures different from our own and encourages children to think beyond the boundaries.'

'Powerfully written and thought provoking, this is a powerful read.'

'... a richly textured novel with an unadorned prosaic style that belies its intense emotional impact.'

'a thought-provoking account of the slippery world teenagers are growing up in.'

'Rachel Anderson has a real gift for getting into the minds of her young charcters...teenage readers get a real sense of what it must be like to struggle for an identity'

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About the Author

Rachel Anderson

As well as journalism, Rachel still occasionally contributes to various journals and TV programmes. Rachel Anderson is an established Oxford author. Her special gift is to write powerfully about disability or alienation.

Rachel won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award for Paper Faces.

Rachel enjoys reading, drawing and walking. She is married and lives mainly in Cromer, Norfolk. She has four children.

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Paperback (b Format)
336 pages


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Hodder & Stoughton Childrens Division

Publication date

6th April 2006




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