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Raven Summer

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

A great conversation-starter on the impact of violence.

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David Almond's RAVEN SUMMER is a unique find. It weaves a complicated and beautiful story of a child's entrance into the harsh realities of adult life without the maudlin musings of fleeting childhood usually found in coming of age stories. His characters are normal, strange, and endearing. Teens will be interested not only in the comings and goings of Liam, Max, Crystal, Oliver, and Nattrass, they will be interested in what motivates the characters to act in ways that are sometimes inexplicable.

Readers are hit with the very real question of "What are you capable of?" Could a child trained to kill in a far off African country be so different than a child in a first world country with access to violent TV shows, video games, and Internet terrorist videos? This is a great conversation-starter on the realities and impact of violence both at home and abroad. It's also a great pick for teen boys.

Book Details

  • Author: David Almond
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press
  • Publication date: November 10, 2009
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 13 - 17
  • Number of pages: 209
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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