17 Martin Street by Marilyn Taylor
  

17 Martin Street

Written by Marilyn Taylor
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Synopsis

17 Martin Street by Marilyn Taylor

A web of secrets can risk lives ... When Hetty's family move to Martin Street near Portobello bridge in Dublin, they're not sure of their welcome. And next door, Ben's family are not sure about their new Jewish neighbours: it's The Emergency and they are suspicious of strangers. But for Ben, the chance to earn a few pence is too great and secretly he does odd jobs for them. And there's a bigger secret: Renata, a World War Two refugee, is on the run in the city. Hetty is determined to rescue her. The web of secrets begins to unravel and there are lives at risk. Can Hetty and Ben overcome their differences and save Renata, or are they just meddling in things they know too little about?

Reviews

'a thrilling read for kids aged 10-plus'

'a brilliant addition to this award-winning author's study of the great Jewish catastrophe, the Holocaust, seen through the realities of life in Ireland'

'Unflinchingly honest but radiating a belief in basic human decency, [Marilyn Taylor's books] make for an illuminating read for adults and kids alike.'

'definitely recommended for all History students'

's Association of Ireland 'written with style and realism'

'an interesting library book for sixth class ... excellent historical notes'

'Marilyn Taylor has made good use of her own Irish-Jewish insight producing a novel to make teenage readers stop and think about Irish attitudes towards the Holocaust, to Jews and to modern newcomers to this country.'

'In its treatment of the threat of deportation and ethnic loyalty and prejudice, it touches in a gentle humane way on themes that are still very relevant today.'

'Taylor deftly weaves a tale of misunderstandings, secrets, anxiety and mistaken identity . . .evokes the period with carefully chosen detail.'

'historically accurate and moving story.'

's Bookfest Recommended Reading Guide 'The period detail and sense of place is lovingly recreated . . . utterly authentic'

'will enhance any World War II historical fiction collection'

's Magazine 'It is an engaging, historically accurate tale which is set only a few streets away from the Liberties.'

.ie 'Unflinchingly honest but radiating a belief in basic human decency, [Marilyn Taylor's books] make for an illuminating read for adults and kids alike.

'Taylor deftly weaves a tale of misunderstandings, secrets, anxiety and mistaken identity . . .evokes the period with carefully chosen detail.'

'Marilyn Taylor has made good use of her own Irish-Jewish insight producing a novel to make teenage readers stop and think about Irish attitudes towards the Holocaust, to Jews and to modern newcomers to this country.'

'a thrilling read for kids aged 10-plus'

'a brilliant addition to this award-winning author's study of the great Jewish catastrophe, the Holocaust, seen through the realities of life in Ireland'

'The period detail and sense of place is lovingly recreated . . . utterly authentic'

About the Author

Marilyn Taylor was born and educated in England, and has an economics degree from London University. She was a school librarian in a Dublin secondary school for 16 years and a college librarian. Her first novels for young adults were the Jackie and Kev trilogy, Could This Be Love, I Wondered? (1994), Could I Love a Stranger? and Call Yourself a Friend?. Faraway Home was a new departure for Marilyn, having a strong historical basis and being set in Northern Ireland during the Second World War. It won the prestigious Bisto Book of the Year Award and was followed by 17 Martin Street, set in Dublin during The Emergency (as the Second World War was knows in Ireland). Both have been hugely popular with schools throughout Ireland and beyond.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
208 pages

Author

Marilyn Taylor
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Publisher

O'Brien Press Ltd

Publication date

20th June 2011

ISBN

9781847172860

Publisher Profile

O'Brien Press Ltd is an imprint of O'Brien

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The O'Brien Press is Ireland's leading general publisher of both adult and children's books. Our list covers a huge range, including biography, humour, photography, history, art, fiction, politics, cookery, sport, music, memoir, true crime and travel and we are constantly expanding into new and exciting areas.

Publisher's Website

www.obrien.ie


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