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A swift pure cry
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A swift pure cry

Series: Originals

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780241331200

Publication Date: 2 Aug 2018

Subject: Older teen novels

Suitable for: Secondary (Year 10, Year 11)

AR: 3.6 UY

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A girl finds release in her relationship with a boy to escape her crumbling homelife, but finds herself at the heart of a scandal in her small Irish community when she discovers she is pregnant.

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A girl finds release in her relationship with a boy to escape her crumbling homelife, but finds herself at the heart of a scandal in her small Irish community when she discovers she is pregnant.

After Shell's mother dies, her obsessively religious father descends into alcoholic mourning and Shell is left to care for her younger brother and sister. Her only release from the harshness of everyday life comes from her budding spiritual friendship with a naive young priest, and most importantly, her developing relationship with childhood friend, Declan, charming, eloquent and persuasive.

But when Declan suddenly leaves Ireland to seek his fortune in America, Shell finds herself pregnant and the centre of a scandal that rocks the small community in which she lives, with repercussions across the whole country. The lives of those immediately around her will never be the same again.

NOTE: Shell keeps the pregnancy a secret from everyone but her brother and sister become aware. She gives birth with them helping, but the baby is stillborn so they bury it. The baby's father had also had sex with another girl who also got pregnant and gave birth around the same time. That baby was left in a cave and died and Shell was the main suspect linked to the death of this baby, until she could prove that her baby was buried in a field and tests on the two babies showed she was not the mother of both.

NOTE : Winner of the Branford Boase Award 2007.

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Shell keeps the pregnancy a secret from everyone but her brother and sister become aware. She gives birth with them helping, but the baby is stillborn so they bury it. The baby's father had also had sex with another girl who also got pregnant and gave birt

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Older teen novels
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2 Aug 2018
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9780241331200
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Paperback
Pages
342
Width
128mm
Height
198mm
Weight
250g
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