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Tender Earth by Sita Brahmachari
  

Tender Earth

Sita Brahmachari

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A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2017

A sharply observed and warm-hearted story about change and transition in adolescence, Tender Earth also carries a powerful message to all young readers about tolerance, integration and the need to stand up for what you believe in. Moving to secondary school coincides with big changes at home and Leila finds herself struggling with all the differences she now faces. Her best friend is striking out on her own; her new friend has secrets which Leila doesn’t know how to unlock. When Leila discovers her grandmother’s ‘Protest Book’, a listing of all the protests she attended, Leila decides it is time for her to get her own voice heard. Leila’s coming of age experiences intelligently reflect today’s society while her gradual realisation of her own opportunities will inspire others. ~ Julia Eccleshare

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Synopsis

Tender Earth by Sita Brahmachari

Returning to the world of Artichoke Hearts, this story follows eleven-year-old Laila, the youngest of the Levenson family, as she adjusts to her two older siblings, Mira and Krish, leaving home, just as she is starting secondary school. At the same time she seems to be growing apart from her long-time best friend, Kez, who is branching out without her at their new school. Laila must find her own place at school and at home, make new friends and use her voice as she steps out into the world and discovers what she truly believes in.

Reviews

A great-hearted, richly textured story, full of causes worth fighting for * Guardian * Sita Brahmachari's touching portrait of family life and self-discovery reveals how even the youngest members of society have the capacity to become human rights defenders * Amnesty International Book Blog * Expertly capturing the uncertainty of early adolescence, Sita Brahmachari has written an authentic depiction of family life, full of warmth, humour and compassion, continuing the story which began in Artichoke Hearts. * Armadillo Magazine * a book of our time... full of the warmth of friendship and community -- Gill Lewis, author of Sky Hawk Tender Earth addresses complex ideas with grace and immense humanity -- Katherine Rundell, author of The Wolf Wilder and Rooftoppers Inclusive Minds are delighted to welcome the arrival of Tender Earth on the children's book landscape. We embrace a book like this that has been so thoroughly researched and demonstrates such authentic inclusion * Inclusive Minds * [Tender Earth] illuminates the importance of equality, friendship and solidarity and upholds our right to protest against injustice * Amnesty International UK *

About the Author

Sita Brahmachari

Sita Brahmachari was born in Derby in 1966 to an Indian doctor from Kolkata and an English nurse from the Lake District. She has a BA in English Literature and an MA in Arts Education. Her many projects and writing commissions have been produced in theatres, universities, schools and community groups throughout Britain and America. Sita lives and works in North London with her husband, three children and a temperamental cat. Sita's debut novel, Artichoke Hearts, won the 2011 Waterstones Children's Book Prize and was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. It was also shortlisted for the Redbridge Children's Book Award, the Berkshire Book Award, the Romantic Novel Award (young adult category), Peters Book of the Year, the Fabulous Awards for Books and the Ealing Readers Award.

Click here to read an interview with Sita Brahmachari.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
432 pages
Interest Age: From 9 to 11 years

Author

Sita Brahmachari
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Author's Website

sitabrahmachari.com/

Publisher

Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

1st June 2017

ISBN

9781509812509

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