Salvage by Keren David


Salvage by Keren David

Aidan Jones was my brother. But I couldn't really remember his face. I couldn't remember talking to him or playing with him. He was just a gap, an absence, a missing person. Before she was adopted by a loving family and raised in a leafy Home Counties town, Cass Montgomery was Cass Jones. Her memories of her birth family disappeared with her name. But when her adopted family starts to break down, a way out comes in the form of a message from her lost brother, Aidan. Having Aidan back in her life is both everything she needs and nothing she expected. Who is this boy who calls himself her brother? And why is he so haunted? I glance at the paper. There's a big picture on the front page. A girl with dark red hair. A girl with eyes that might have been green or they might have been grey. I sit down and stare at Cass, and it is her, it is. My stolen sister. Aidan's a survivor. He's survived an abusive stepfather and an uncaring mother. He's survived crowded foster homes and empty bedsits.He's survived to find Cass. If only he can make her understand what it means to be part of his family...


A wonderfully written book about family relationships and how we can overcome our pasts and take control of our present and future. A story full of hope and the good things that can happen when we have hope. A compassionate examination of race, class and societal expectation Financial Times This is a terrific novel, gripping and complex -- Marilyn Brocklehurst Bookseller The heart-rending story of two siblings separated in early childhood. Contemporary, compulsive and a brilliant jacket, too Bookseller Life-affirming, witty and uplifting... David gets better with every book Daily Mail David... adeptly captures the immense pressures faced both by young people from whom everything is expected and those consigned to the rubbish heap when their lives have barely begun Metro Heart-rending Bliss Salvage is really going to make people sit up and notice -- Books for Keeps Damian Kelleher Skilfully written, Salvage marks David as an author of empathy and truthfulness. -- Amanda Craig The New Statesman Keren David's writing ... has heart without being sentimental, is skilfully plotted, and its emotional and moral landscapes are nuanced. ... [Salvage is a] gripping ride. -- Linda Buckley-Archer The Guardian David has written a sympathetic novel which describes with insight family dysfunction and the effects of being taken away from one's family. -- Rosamund Charlish The School Librarian

About the Author

Keren David

Keren David was brought up in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire and went to school in Hatfield. She left school at 18 and got a job as a messenger girl on a newspaper, then took an apprenticeship as a junior reporter. She was freelancing as a reporter on the old Fleet Street by her mid-twenties and, after living and working in Scotland for two years, was appointed as a news editor on The Independent at the age of 27.

Keren worked at The Independent for six years, moving from news to become a commissioning editor on the Comment pages. She and her family then went to live in Amsterdam for eight years where she was editor in chief of a photo-journalism agency. On returning to the UK, she attended a course on writing for children at the City University. When I Was Joe started out as a project for that course. She lives in London with her husband and two children.

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320 pages


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Publication date

3rd July 2014



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