Ruby Tanya by Robert Swindells
  

Ruby Tanya

Written by Robert Swindells
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RRP £7.99

Synopsis

Ruby Tanya by Robert Swindells

This is a contemporary tale about two friends - one of whom, Asra, is an asylum seeker from an unnamed Eastern European country. The other, Ruby Tanya, is the daughter of a local man who is campaigning against the presence of asylum seekers in his community. During a dramatic explosion at the girls' school, a young teacher is killed. The asylum seekers at the local camp are blamed, and local people begin to argue that they should be deported. A branch of the National Front gets involved and demos are planned. Asra and her parents are due to be deported, but Asra runs away at the last minute so her parents have to return without her. She hides in a nearby derelict building and is helped by Ruby Tanya.

Reviews

Provides a gently persuasive argument for doing the right thing even if that leads you into conflict with your family TES The book opens with an explosion and maintains its pace throughout Observer The subject is very relevant today and Swindell's approach for younger readers is superbly formed Independent On Sunday The plot moves quickly, building to a gripping and frightening climax ... An interesting read The School Librarian Is a challenging story of friendship set against difficult and topical subject matter The Sunday Times

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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Book Info

Format

Paperback
256 pages
Interest Age: From 9

Author

Robert Swindells
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Publisher

Corgi Childrens an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK

Publication date

3rd February 2005

ISBN

9780440863984


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