Without Looking Back by Tabitha Suzuma
  

Without Looking Back

Written by Tabitha Suzuma

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Shortlisted for the Young Minds Book Prize 2009.

A beautifully written and thought-provoking novel on the effects on a family involved in a custody battle. When Louis and his sister are removed unexpectedly from school for a holiday in England by their father they are excited. But before long worry sets in for they’re not allowed to call home to speak to their mother and then when Louis see a photo of himself on a missing person poster he must confront his worst nightmares.

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Without Looking Back by Tabitha Suzuma

Twelve-year-old Parisian boy Louis Whittaker has a lot on his plate - his parents are locked in a custody battle over him and his brother and sister, Mum's always working late and Dad's rarely allowed to visit them. Louis finds release in his dance classes and discovers he has a real talent for ballet. But suddenly, Dad whisks them away on a surprise holiday to England, right in the middle of the school term.

Something isn't right - Dad is acting strangely again: could it be he has not fully recovered from his mental breakdown? The rented farmhouse in the Lake District is nice, but why is Dad furnishing it and why won't he let them call home? Then Louis comes across a poster - a missing person's poster. And it has his face on it.

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The constant danger of discovery and the family's haphazard hurried escapes create a suspense filled atmosphere Irish Times This beautifully written book sweeps you forward on plain and lovely prose until, far too soon, you have somehow reached the end Armadillo Magazine As this absorbing and exciting story unfolds the reader will find the book quite impossible to put down. Tabitha Suzuma has the knack of handling serious social and family problems with a light touch which make her books very accessible. This title could well encourage much thoughtful discussion -- Wendy Worley The School Librarian With so many children caught up in bitter divorces and facing the consequences of life-changing decisions over which they have little or no control, this book will find a resonance far beyond the compelling story of a family on the run Carousel A brilliant read -- Lauren Davies, Portobello High Teen Titles

About the Author

Tabitha Suzuma
Tabitha Suzuma was born in London in 1975 to an English mother and a Japanese father, the eldest of five children. She went to the French Lycée in South Kensington and was a terrible pupil! but spent a lot of my time writing with her left-hand (she's right handed) in an attempt to while away the hours. Being half Japanese, she was sent to Japanese Saturday school. In the term report, the teacher commented that she would make more progress if she didn't always insist on sitting with her feet up on the desk. This still remains her favourite writing position, which is why she now has a reclining chair and a cordless keyboard.

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Format

Paperback
288 pages
Interest Age: from 9 to 11

Author

Tabitha Suzuma
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Author's Website

www.tabithasuzuma.com/

Publisher

Random House Children's Books

Publication date

7th May 2009

ISBN

9780552560009

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