Ruby Tanya by Robert Swindells


Ruby Tanya by Robert Swindells

Explore narrative techniques through the hard-hitting issue of asylum. Asra, an asylum seeker, and Ruby Tanya, the daughter of a local man who is campaigning against the asylum seekers, are best friends. The girls' friendship is threatened when a bomb kills a teacher at their school, for which the asylum seekers are blamed. About to be deported, Asra goes on the run with the help of Ruby. In hiding they discover a plot which has terrifying consequences for the whole community. Age 13+ Ideal for looking at narrative technique, plot and suspense. Discussions on the hard-hitting issue of asylum and racism. Links to citizenship and PHSE. To automatically receive all the latest news on New Windmills, why not sign-up for our Heinemann Literature e-newsletter|?

About the Author

Robert Swindells

Robert E. "Bob" Swindells (born 20 March 1939) is an author of children's and young adult literature. Born in Bradford, the first of five children, Swindells worked for a local newspaper after leaving school aged 15. He served with the Royal Air Force and held various jobs before training as a teacher. His first novel, When Darkness Comes (1973), was written as his thesis while in training. Swindells combined writing with teaching until 1980 when he took up writing full-time. He first won the Children's Book Award with Brother in the Land (1985), a novel set in a post-apocalyptic world. Swindells was a supporter of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and is quoted as saying that the work "... came out of my own anger and frustration ... you can't kill selectively with nuclear weapons, you wipe out millions of people ..." Swindells also won the award for Room 13 (1990), Nightmare Stairs (Short novel, 1998) and Blitzed (Younger readers, 2003). His young adult novel Stone Cold (1993), which dealt with homelessness, won the Carnegie Medal in 1994. Swindells is married, lives in Yorkshire and has two daughters and three grandchildren.

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224 pages
Interest Age: From 13 To 99


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Publication date

22nd February 2005



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