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Joan Lingard is a versatile and prolific author whose novels for children and adults turn upon challenging themes, often the struggle for individual freedom in the face of social conflict and fragmentation. Belfast, where she lived from the age of two to eighteen, is the setting for The File on Fraulein Berg (1980), Dark Shadows (1998) and the 'Kevin and Sadie quintet', in which the young protagonists form relationships across the religious divide. The 'Maggie quartet' is set in Glasgow and the Highlands of Scotland, while The Gooseberry (1978), Rags and Riches (1988) and Glad Rags (1990) are set in Edinburgh, where Joan Lingard was born and now lives. Her husband's experiences in the contrasting cultures of Latvia and Canada has inspired several novels, including After Colette (1993). Natasha's Will (2000) moves between the Russian Revolution and the comparatively mild political transition that is taking place in contemporary Scotland. Joan Lingard has won a number of major awards for children's writing, and was awarded an MBE in 1998.
In these terrifying days in Belfast, no Protestant girl like Sadie could go out with a Catholic boy like Kevin without resentment or even murderous violence flaring up around them. They were made for each other, they knew that, but what would happen if they went on seeing each other?
In a nutshell: Iconic | Outspoken | Big Issues | Difficult Truths The Twelfth Day of July is first of Joan Lingard's influential Kevin and Sadie books, set in Belfast during the Troubles. It is one of The Originals from Penguin - iconic, outspoken, first. The Originals are the pioneers of fiction for young adults. From political awakening, war and unrequited love to addiction, teenage pregnancy and nuclear holocaust, The Originals confront big issues and articulate difficult truths. The collection includes: The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton, I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith, Postcards from No Man's Land - Aidan Chambers, After the First Death - Robert Cormier, Dear Nobody - Berlie Doherty, The Endless Steppe - Esther Hautzig, Buddy - Nigel Hinton, Across the Barricades - Joan Lingard, The Twelfth Day of July - Joan Lingard, No Turning Back - Beverley Naidoo, Z for Zachariah - Richard C. O'Brien, The Wave - Morton Rhue, The Red Pony - John Steinbeck, The Pearl - John Steinbeck, Stone Cold - Robert Swindells.
Across the Barricades is part of Joan Lingard's ground-breaking Kevin and Sadie series, the sequel to The Twelfth Day of July. Both books are part of The Originals from Penguin - iconic, outspoken, first. The Originals are the pioneers of fiction for young adults. From political awakening, war and unrequited love to addiction, teenage pregnancy and nuclear holocaust, The Originals confront big issues and articulate difficult truths. The collection includes: The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton, I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith, Postcards from No Man's Land - Aidan Chambers, After the First Death - Robert Cormier, Dear Nobody - Berlie Doherty, The Endless Steppe - Esther Hautzig, Buddy - Nigel Hinton, Across the Barricades - Joan Lingard, The Twelfth Day of July - Joan Lingard, No Turning Back - Beverley Naidoo, Z for Zachariah - Richard C. O'Brien, The Wave - Morton Rhue, The Red Pony - John Steinbeck, The Pearl - John Steinbeck, Stone Cold - Robert Swindells.
When Will and Lucy's dad disappears, their life changes for ever. They uncover a trail of secrets and lies - but hidden in a fireplace in their old Edinburgh house, there's a clue that might lead them to the truth. A journal that tells the story of another pair of twins, William and Louisa, who lived in their house two-hundred years before. Their own father was in serious financial trouble and took sanctuary - as all debtors could - in the grounds of Holyrood Abbey. A place full of French aristocrats fleeing revolution; a haven of intrigue and spies. In 1796, a mysterious black dagger helped the children save the life of an exiled French Count. And now it will lead Will and Lucy to find their own dad - and the truth about why he's disappeared.
Issues of loyalty and trust in this Spanish Civil War-set adventure story The Spanish Civil War has left the country shattered. Nick's father went to fight for the Republican cause, but hasn't returned. Undeterred, Nick sets off to search for him, crossing illegally into Spain and hiding from the authorities. He meets Isabel, the daughter of a cruel Civil Guard. This could be Nick's only chance to find the truth about his father, but can he trust her? Age 11+ Linguistically rich, this is an excellent text to demonstrate how descriptive writing can be used to create mood and characterisation. Links with History. Click here to read an EXTRACT Click here to download FREE TEACHING RESOURCES To automatically receive all the latest news on New Windmills, why not sign-up for our Heinemann Literature e-newsletter?
An engaging classroom playscript. Kevin is Catholic. Sadie is Protestant. In Belfast they are supposed to be enemies - so what chance do they have when they fall in love?
It's 1939, and Spain is a country shattered by brutal conflict. The civil war has ended - but the hatred that caused it hasn't. Nick's father left Scotland to fight on the losing Republican side three years ago. He never returned. Now Nick has gone after him - crossing illegally into Spain, travelling without papers, trying to track down anyone who might be able to tell him what happened. But the risks are high for a foreign boy in Spain without permission. It's only with the help of one girl - Isabel, the daughter of a cruel Civil Guard sergeant - that Nick stands a chance of surviving...
When Emily realises she is being followed, she is determined to find out who is lurking in the shadows. Coming face to face with the stalker, Emily soon realises that she must deal with more than she bargained for as old secrets come to light.
Natasha's story is set against the background of the Russian Revolution as she and her family flee persecution. Her story is dramatically and cleverly linked with the present as her heirs search for her will. The will can only be found through a trail of literary clues from classic children's books.
Sadie is Protestant, Kevin is Catholic - and on the tense streets of Belfast their lives collide. It starts with a dare - kids fooling around - but soon becomes something dangerous. Getting to know Sadie Jackson will change Kevin's life forever. But will the world around them change too? The first of Joan Lingard's ground-breaking Kevin and Sadie books.
Kevin and Sadie just want to be together, but it's not that simple. Things are bad in Belfast. Soldiers walk the streets and the city is divided. No Catholic boy and Protestant girl can go out together - not without dangerous consequences . . . The second of Joan Lingard's ground-breaking Kevin and Sadie books
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