Winner of the Carnegie Medal 2006.
What the judges said: This is an enthralling and multi-layered novel that traces the story of two men caught up in secret operations in World War Two.
It looks at the negative impact that war has on those involved and on succeeding generations.
Guilt and its ramifications lie at the heart of this well-written and serious novel that skilfully interweaves past and present.
A thrilling and moving story about love, betrayal and belonging. When Tamar's grandfather, an intensely private man, falls from a balcony to his death, he leaves behind a box with Tamar's name on it. For a long time Tamar refuses even to think about it...until one hot June day she opens it to reveal a series of clues and hidden messages from her grandfather. She and her cousin Johannes follow the clues and discover that her name also belonged to someone else over half a century before; someone involved in the terrifying world of resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied Holland during the Second World War. As she pieces together the mystery her grandfather left behind, another Tamar's story is unravelled; a story of passionate love, jealousy and tragedy played out amongst the daily fear and horror of war.;By the author of "Keeper", winner of the 2004 Branford-Boase award.;Written with such detailed historical and emotional sweep, this novel will stay with you long after you've turned the last page and is bound to attract child and adult readership.
"This sombre and distinguished book is as fine a piece of storytelling as you are likely to read this year." - The Guardian
"A novelist of immense gift and versatility." - Achuka
|Publication date:||5th January 2012|
|Publisher:||Walker Books Ltd|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 13+ readers|
|Genres:||Adventure Stories, Personal Social Health Economic|
|Other Categories:||Bookshelf Essentials, All Shortlists and Winners|
Mal Peet (June 1947 – 2 March 2015), winner of the Nestle Bronze Medal Award and the Branford Boase Award grew up in North Norfolk, and studied English and American Studies at the University of Warwick. Later he moved to south-west England and worked at a variety of jobs before turning full-time to writing and illustrating in the early 1990s. With his wife, Elspeth Graham, he wrote and illustrated many educational picture books for young children, and his cartoons appeared in a number of magazines. He and Elspeth lived in Exmouth, Devon. Tamar won the Carnegie Medal and is a multi-layered tale of ...More About Mal Peet