Torn Pages by Sally Grindley

Torn Pages

Written by Sally Grindley

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A poignant, powerful and emotive story of a small family's love, loss and resourcefulness in the face of adversity. Acclaimed and prizewinning author Sally Grindley cleverly portrays the story of AIDS as seen through the eyes of a young girl, who when her mother and father both die must look after her brother and little sister.


Torn Pages by Sally Grindley

There's something about a storm in the middle of the night that gathers a family close. It's as if nothing else exists outside that huddle of love in a blacked-out room which, try as it might, the storm cannot overwhelm. The storm that Liddy faces is the storm of AIDS, that is attacking their small African community.

But their mother's voice of love is still there to guide them, in the handwritten diary which she left for them.


'Optimistic and heartening. Without compromising the painful seriousness of her theme, Sally Grindley has written a humane and enjoyable story'

'Grindley's vivid portrayal of Lydia's hardships and the bonds that keep her family together offers a thought-provoking experience to older readers who want to open their eyes to a wider world'

'An issues novel without moralising or didacticism'

'The story flows beautifully, the first-person narrative ensuring the reader's emotional involvement with Lydia, who reveals herself as a fully rounded character, responsible and vulnerable, steadfast and childish, but whose ability to look beyond reality eventually wins through ... Excerpts from the memory book punctuate the narrative, a confirmation of the power of words in determining and shaping reality. Though tragic, the story is about strength of character and the will to succeed rather than ravaged lives'

About the Author

Sally Grindley

Sally was our Guest Editor for December 2010. Click here to see her book selections.

Sally began writing in 1984 while she was working for a nationwide children's book club. She has been a full-time author since 1995 and has had over 140 books published. She won the prestigious Smarties Gold Prize in 2005 for her novel ‘Spilled Water’, and 'Shhh' won the Children's Book Award in 1992 and was shortlisted for the Smarties Prize. She has also won and been shortlisted for a number of other awards. Sally is lauded for her ability to write across a wide range of subjects and for a wide range of ages – from street kids to giants and from toddlers to pre-teens.

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224 pages


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Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Publication date

2nd February 2009




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