The Memory Cage by Ruth Eastham

The Memory Cage

Written by Ruth Eastham

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Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2011

A touching family story about dealing with a relative with Alzheimer’s disease, set in the wider context of everyone’s memories and the good and bad effects of retrieving them. Alex is frightened that something terrible will happen to his grandfather as he begins to forget more and more. Desperately he tries to help him to remember. Gathering up old photographs seems like a good idea until Alex stumbles on secrets hidden from long, long ago which affect both Alex and Grandad far more than anyone could have expected.

A 'piece of passion' from Clare Argar, Editorial Director – Fiction, Scholastic Children’s Books:

“Every family has its secrets, Alex’s more than most. Alex’s grandfather keeps forgetting things. Alex is desperate to help him remember, but he is haunted by his own memories of war. As he digs into his grandfather’s past, he stumbles across secrets that both of them are afraid to face. Ruth Eastham’s The Memory Cage combines powerful storytelling and brilliant characterisation. Ruth’s a fantastic, exciting new author with an utterly compelling and very honest voice. The Memory Cage is a beautiful, satisfying and deeply moving novel for children. “


The Memory Cage by Ruth Eastham

Alex's beloved grandfather is sick. His memory is failing and Alex's parents want to put him in a home. Alex has promised Grandad that he won't let that happen but Alex has broken promises before.

When he was growing up in the Bosnian War, he swore that he would protect his brother. It was a promise that he couldn't keep. Alex can't fail again.

About the Author

Ruth Eastham

Sarah J. Maas wrote the first incarnation of her debut novel, Throne of Glass, when she was just sixteen. Since its publication, it has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Teen Book of the Year and has sold in sixteen languages. The sequels, Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire, are New York Times bestsellers. When Sarah is not writing, she can be found watching everything from Star Wars to Hayao Miyazaki films and reading fairy tales. To find out more, visit

To find out more about Ruth and download free study guides for The Memory Cage, visit her website.

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240 pages


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Publication date

3rd January 2011




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