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Encounters: inspired by true events

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781849396219

Publication Date: 5 Apr 2018

Subject: Older teen novels

Suitable for: Secondary (Year 10, Year 11)

AR: 4.5 UY

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Set in Africa, six school children share their accounts of witnessing strange lights in the sky.

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Set in Africa, six school children share their accounts of witnessing strange lights in the sky.

Zimbabwe, 1994. A group of children spot peculiar lights in the sky over the grounds of their school. From this moment on, six young people's lives are changed forever.

Gary hides the anguish he feels now his mum's left, acting out in fury and hatred. Chloe has no words for the thing she fears most every day. Karl is the headmaster's son, now fallen from grace. Tendai knows he can never live up to his grieving father's ideals. And Sixpence watches all, knowing he'll never be like these other children. All of them have seen something they can't explain.

In amongst these tangled, tortured lives, comes a group of psychologists to verify the spookily similar claims of every witness. Their daughter, Holly, can tell there's more to it than aliens or mass hysteria - can she reveal the dark truths that haunt them?

NOTE : One of the central themes of the book is the sexual abuse of one of the characters by one of the adults - this is alluded to rather than described in any detail but it is nevertheless upsetting. There is occasional strong language, racist language (mostly concentrated in the first chapter) and some scenes of violence.

NOTE: Carnegie longlist 2018

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Expertly crafted, with each character's story adding another layer of emotional depth & helping to unravel the dark secret of one of them. It's tough going at times but is nevertheless an exceptional, unforgettable book.

Awards
  • Shortlisted - UKLA Book Awards (Ages 12 - 16) 2018
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Older teen novels
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5 Apr 2018
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9781849396219
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Paperback
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298
Width
128mm
Height
198mm
Weight
254g
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