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After living & working in Japan, L J Adlington settled in York and now runs a company that provides lively â€˜hands-onâ€™ History sessions for schools, museums and heritage sites. She's also a very keen footballer. She has a fascination with historical diaries, particularly war diaries and was deeply affected by the Diary of Anne Frank. THE DIARY OF PELLY D was her first book, inspired by diaries found in the 1950s, buried in milk cans at the site of the Warsaw Ghetto.
Original and beguiling, Cherry Heaven has a beautifully written narrative with two voices expertly woven throughout, one of them an all-knowing teenager called Kat and the other a disturbed girl. Both characters are realistically portrayed and the story is both thought-provoking and suspenseful with issues of guilt and redemption, tension and reconciliation all framed in a fast-moving mystery. It has the same engrossing readability and accessibility as her debut novel The Diary of Pelly D.
At the end of it all you have to come back. What is taken must be returned ...FOUR CLUES: A soldier's badge, a gold coin, volcanic rock, a piece of shrapnel. TWO WARS: Then ...and Now ...ONE CHANCE: To do the right thing. War only happens to other people in far off places. Right? Craig and Denise are about to find out that life can explode when you least expect it ...
It is 10 years after the events in The Diary of Pelly D. A new life in The New Frontier overseas beckons Kat and Tanka, far from the terrible war in the cities, that took their parents. In a beautiful new home, Cherry Heaven, where people are building a young, liberal society, without focus on the genetic categorization and discrimination that led to the war. But all too soon Kat and Tanka find that Cherry Heaven carries haunting marks of the past. They cannot run from them, and must finally and turn and face them. Again, L. J Adlington weaves her narrative expertly from two voices, Kat, teenage, light, modern and knowing, the other a disturbed, fragmented narrative from another girl which peals away the surface of the New Frontier to expose a different and more disturbing truth. Exploring issues of postwar guilt and redemption, tension and reconciliation, framed in a fast-moving mystery, this has the same engrossing readability and accessibility as Pelly D.