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Persist

Written by Melvin Burgess

Illustrated by Cathy Brett

Part of the gr8reads Series

Featured Books for 13+ readers Featured Books for Young Adults General Fiction

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Interest Age Teen  Reading Age 7  In just 54 short pages Melvyn Burgess creates a drama that encompasses a whole life. Trapped in a coma, Marianne doesn’t know who she is anymore, and no longer feels like a person at all. She’s aware of the woman who comes to visit every day, and likes the feel of the woman’s warm breath on her face. That physical contact stirs memories of another occasion when she was lost, and then found, and those memories help her begin to recognise who she was, and is. Burgess uses the situation to ponder the importance of memories and identity in a haunting and powerful drama that doesn’t waste a single word. ~ Andrea Reece

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

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Persist Synopsis

A haunting, powerful drama from Carnegie Medalist Melvin Burgess. A girl in a coma. A desperate mother. Marianne has been absent from her own life for so long that even her mother's unwavering faith is starting to tremble. But Marianne, floating in her own world, is starting to remember who she is - and the sad woman that visits every day. Can they both persist long enough to find a way back to one another?

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

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ISBN: 9781781124949
Publication date: 15/04/2015
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781124949
Publication date: 15th April 2015
Author: Melvin Burgess
Illustrator: Cathy Brett
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 64 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers, YA readers
Genres: General Fiction

About Melvin Burgess

Melvin Burgess was brought up in Sussex and Berkshire.  As a child, his reading included The Wind in the Willows and Gerald Durrell's animal stories. He went on to enjoy The Hobbit and Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast books. A generally unconfident student, he became interested in writing when he was twelve and an English teacher praised one of his stories  - "it was about the first time I'd ever done anything that got an A. I was so pleased I never stopped."  After leaving school, Melvin moved to Bristol  where he worked on occasional jobs, mainly in ...

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