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As well as journalism, Rachel still occasionally contributes to various journals and TV programmes. Rachel Anderson is an established Oxford author. Her special gift is to write powerfully about disability or alienation.
Rachel won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award for Paper Faces.
Rachel enjoys reading, drawing and walking. She is married and lives mainly in Cromer, Norfolk. She has four children.
The complexities of making choices in a world rich in different values, expectations and beliefs is cleverly explored in this hugely topical story. After the death of his father in a random violent attack, Hamish sheds the tolerant views he had been brought up with and slips into being alienated and negative, adopting the prejudiced and racist views he has previously despised. But Hamish changes again when he has to help Ali, the sole survivor among a group of North African refugees whose boat founders on the French coast. Powerfully written and thought provoking, this is a powerful read.
This Strange New Life is a powerful and moving story that follows one familyâ€™s experiences of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, an increasingly common problem among teenagers. The narrative follows Johnnie, the youngest of the family, coming to terms with her two brothersâ€™ diagnoses with CFS and their deterioration from strong, healthy heroes to being bedridden, with â€˜maggots munching inside their headsâ€™. However, through its different perspectives, the story also addresses bullying, sex, life, and everything else. And despite the hardships the family undergo, it is in many ways a book full of hope and wonder.
A quirky comedy about a family of inventors by Rachel Anderson with brilliant illustrations from Chris Jevons. Harry lives in a house full of inventors and experiments. So when he breaks his arm, his mum installs a reaching, grabbing and twirling invention to his cast. Except now his arm has special powers of its own and Harry has no choice but to go along with its mischief and mayhem... This funny fantasy from award-winning author Rachel Anderson has quirky black-and-white illustrations by Chris Jevons and is perfect for children who are developing as readers. The Bloomsbury Readers series is packed with brilliant books to get children reading independently in Key Stage 2, with book-banded stories by award-winning authors like double Carnegie Medal winner Geraldine McCaughrean and Waterstones Prize winner Patrice Lawrence covering a wide range of genres and topics. With charming illustrations and online guided reading notes written by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), this series is ideal for reading both in the classroom and at home. For more information visit www.bloomsburyguidedreading.com. Book Band: Lime Ideal for ages 6+
Es gibt Lovestorys. Und es gibt die Geschichte von Kristian und Rachel. Kristian ist ein starker Medienmann, der wenig Zweifel kennt: fit, frech, fromm und frohlich. Bis in seinem Blog diese drei Satze stehen:Ich bin 34 Jahre alt. Ich habe eine hbsche Frau und zwei Jungs. Ich habe Krebs. Dieses Buch ist seine Geschichte. Eine Geschichte von Liebe und Schmerz. Aus der Perspektive eines starken Mannes erzhlt: mal rau bis krass, mal intim. Mal zrtlich und zum Schmunzeln, mal erschtternd. Immer offen, manchmal auch provozierend. Sein Buch ist eine doppelte Liebesgeschichte. Bei allen Hhen und Tiefen - in der Liebe von Kristian zu Rachel, die er ihr in einem weltweit Millionen mal angeklickten Video erklrt. Und auf Kristians Weg mit Gott, auf dem er hadert, aber nicht verzweifelt: Die Liebe bleibt.
Paper Faces by Rachel AndersonThe pale young soldier in the silver frame stared serenely out across the wide spaces of the kitchen with faraway forget-me-not eyes. Dot tried to remember her father's face from the brownish photo which Gloria kept in her handbag. She wished she could recall it more clearly. Even when she had the picture in front of her, she seemed to only see the flat paper.
Bertram drives his bus every morning and afternoon for a very special crew. Some don't talk, some can't walk; everyone is different in some way or another. But in spite of the barriers that set these passengers apart, each one has his own or her own story to tell.For Rebecca, even though she won't be able to wear her pink bridesmaid's dress, the most exciting event of the year is her beloved sister's wedding. Micky, trapped in a crumpled body and unable to speak, tells of his desire to be independent and his frustration with the suffocating love of his mother. Jonathan wants more than anything in the world to be useful-and gets his chance one day in church. Fleur, quiet and pretty, has an astonishing reserve of inner strength. Her story reveals how she came to be loved by a family who accepts her as she is. The Bus People by Rachel Anderson is an unusual collection of stories about mentally handicapped children, told with great sensitivity and humor by an author who is herself the mother of a mentally handicapped child.
Set in an about-to-be-demolished high-rise block of flats, various characters have arrived from a variety of situations; their lives and their stories, interweave, change and affect each other, and travel towards deeply moving, often funny, happy and painful outcomes. At the core of the story are two asylum seekers: All fifteen-year-old Sunday wanted was a country that was democratic and respectful of human life. All eight-year-old Rosa wanted was somewhere safe, away from the bad things of the past. Through their eyes, ideas of Britain and belonging are explored. Moving, thoughtful, outstanding and unforgettable.
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