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  • Published: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446450260
  • Imprint: RHCP Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

Divided City




A gripping tale of two boys - one a Catholic, one a Protestant - whose attempt to help an outsider is set against the sectarian prejudices around them in Glasgow when the annual Orange Walks begin.

It could be any street, in any city. But it’s not. It’s Glasgow. And it’s May – the marching season. The Orange Walks have begun.
Graham doesn’t want to be involved. He just wants to play football with his new mate, Joe. But when he witnesses a shocking moment of violence, suddenly he and Joe are involved. With Catholics, and with Protestants. With a young Muslim asylum-seeker, and his girlfriend. With all the old rivalries – and fears…
A gripping tale about two boys who must find their own answers – and their own way forward – in a world divided by differences.

  • Pub date: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446450260
  • Imprint: RHCP Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

About the Author

Theresa Breslin

Theresa Breslin is the Carnegie Medal winning author of over forty books for children & young adults whose work has appeared on stage, radio and TV. Her books are hugely popular with young people, librarians and teachers. Remembrance, her top selling YA novel of youth in WW1, has now been reissued to include Book Notes. The Dream Master was shortlisted for the Children's Book Award. Divided City was shortlisted for ten book awards, winning two outright.

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Praise for Divided City

“This political and religious cocktail makes for a thought-provoking read for teenagers”

Sonia Benster, The Bookseller

“Compelling...this humane and edgy story prickles and nudges the reader towards tolerance and understanding of other communities.”

TES Teacher

“This is a book with far-reaching appeal and universal themes that will encourage young readers to challenge bigotry.”

Kate Agnew, Guardian

“'Compulsive, contemporary novel'”

Lesley Agnew, The Bookseller

“'A powerful novel to provoke, intrigue and inform KS 3 and older readers, which will promote the kind of debate necessary to inform and educate.'”

Writeaway!

“'Theresa Breslin confrints Glasgow sectarian rivialries head on in this vivid and gripping tale.'”

Publishing News

“'Another excellent book by a clever author.'”

Bury Free Press

“'A skillfully plotted page-turner.'”

Inis

“'A tense, fast-moving narrative...Theresa Breslin does what few other writers could: she maintains a balance not merely cerebral but deeply felt, based on experience and understanding...an important book, not just for its gripping story but for its social and moral insights.'”

School Librarian

“'A cracking good read...this isn't a preachy novel ,but if there's a message it's this: if we want to understand one another, perhaps the best way is through the young.'”

Guardian

“Told with a straight and uncomplicated style...a positive and contemporary look at friendship across the divide.”

The List

“'Breslin... is adroit both at convincingly inhabiting the minds of two football-mad teenagers and at deploying the game [football] as metaphor.'”

Books for Keeps

“'Mature in its subject matter, Breslin's novel doesn't shy away from this most contentious of issues [racism] and tackles it with aplomb...a bold and fast-paced book...highly recommended.'”

Birmingham Post

“This children's book is a timely insight into sectarianism and racism - one of the 20 Scottish books everyone should read.”

The Scotsman

“Compelling and contemporary.”

Lesley Agnew, The Bookseller

“A gripping and moving story about what it is like to feel different and how we all have a part to play in making life better”

Newcastle Upon Tyne Evening Chronicle

“A gripping tale about boys who must find their own answers - and their own way forward - in a world divided by differences.”

Betty Bookmark

“This timely book delivers an important message, furthers our understanding of prejudice and - above all - is an utterly compelling read.”

First News

“Short review”

The School Librarian

“Short review”

Writing Magazine

“a gripping and moving story”

Newcastle Uppon Tyne Evening Chronicle (Series)

“This book is an excellent insight into old prejudices and how they can be overcome”

Glasgow Herald

“This is gripping and moving story about what it is like to feel different and how we all have a part to play in making life better.”

Newcastle Upon Tyne Evening Chronicle

“Divided City by Theresa Breslin, a skilfully plotted, edgy story of life from the football terraces in Glasgow.”

Western Mail

“Short story about author: Theresa Breslin opening the new library at St Mirin's Primary School in King's Park. Mention: Divided City”

Glasgow Evening Times

“A moving and epic story”

Scottish Book Trust


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