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Salvage

Written by Keren David

Salvage Synopsis

Aidan Jones was my brother. But I couldn't really remember his face. I couldn't remember talking to him or playing with him. He was just a gap, an absence, a missing person. Before she was adopted by a loving family and raised in a leafy Home Counties town, Cass Montgomery was Cass Jones. Her memories of her birth family disappeared with her name. But when her adopted family starts to break down, a way out comes in the form of a message from her lost brother, Aidan. Having Aidan back in her life is both everything she needs and nothing she expected. Who is this boy who calls himself her brother? And why is he so haunted? I glance at the paper. There's a big picture on the front page. A girl with dark red hair. A girl with eyes that might have been green or they might have been grey. I sit down and stare at Cass, and it is her, it is. My stolen sister. Aidan's a survivor. He's survived an abusive stepfather and an uncaring mother. He's survived crowded foster homes and empty bedsits.He's survived to find Cass. If only he can make her understand what it means to be part of his family. . .

Salvage Press Reviews

David has written a sympathetic novel which describes with insight family dysfunction and the effects of being taken away from one's family. -- Rosamund Charlish * The School Librarian * Keren David's writing ... has heart without being sentimental, is skilfully plotted, and its emotional and moral landscapes are nuanced. ... [Salvage is a] gripping ride. -- Linda Buckley-Archer * The Guardian * Skilfully written, Salvage marks David as an author of empathy and truthfulness. -- Amanda Craig * The New Statesman * Salvage is really going to make people sit up and notice -- Books for Keeps * Damian Kelleher * Heart-rending * Bliss * David... adeptly captures the immense pressures faced both by young people from whom everything is expected and those consigned to the rubbish heap when their lives have barely begun * Metro * Life-affirming, witty and uplifting... David gets better with every book * Daily Mail * The heart-rending story of two siblings separated in early childhood. Contemporary, compulsive and a brilliant jacket, too * Bookseller * This is a terrific novel, gripping and complex -- Marilyn Brocklehurst * Bookseller * A compassionate examination of race, class and societal expectation * Financial Times * A wonderfully written book about family relationships and how we can overcome our pasts and take control of our present and future. A story full of hope and the good things that can happen when we have hope. * mumsnet.com *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780349001388
Publication date: 10th June 2014
Author: Keren David
Publisher: ATOM an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 320 pages

About Keren David

Keren David is a journalist and YA star who has been shortlisted for The Bookseller's YA Book Prize, the UKLA award and the Branford Boase Award, and nominated five times for the Carnegie Prize. Keren David started out in journalism as a teenage messenger, she trained as a reporter, and then later worked for many national papers before moving to Amsterdam with her family where she studied art history, learned to cycle and failed to learn Dutch. In 2007 she returned to London, and took a creative writing evening class at City University. Her first book, the award-winning When I Was ...

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