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Postcards from No Man's Land
Postcards from No Man's Land | Aidan Chambers
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Jacob, aged 17, is abroad on his own for the time, visiting his grandfather's grave at the commemoration of the Second World War Battle of Arnhem in Holland. Jacob's life-changing experiences are interwoven with the extraordinary wartime story of passion and treachery that he learns from Geertrui, whose family is linked to Jacob's in a way he never suspected. The Originals are the pioneers of fiction for young adults. From political awakening, war and unrequited love to addiction, teenage pregnancy and nuclear holocaust, The Originals confront big issues and articulate difficult truths. The collection includes: The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton, I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith, Postcards from No Man's Land - Aidan Chambers, After the First Death - Robert Cormier, Dear Nobody - Berlie Doherty, The Endless Steppe - Esther Hautzig, Buddy - Nigel Hinton, Across the Barricades - Joan Lingard, The Twelfth Day of July - Joan Lingard, No Turning Back - Beverley Naidoo, Z for Zachariah - Richard C. O'Brien, The Wave - Morton Rhue, The Red Pony - John Steinbeck, The Pearl - John Steinbeck, Stone Cold - Robert Swindells.
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elijahwilliams
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Author/ Illustrator: Aidan Chambers
Published: 1999
Genre: Young adult fiction/ Historical Fiction
Award: Michael L. Prints

elijahwilliams This book combines the story of Jacob who's grandfather, a British soldier also named Jacob, as Jacob comes back to Holland for a commemoration ceremony for the battle at Arnhem which he fought in. Jacobs journey through his grandfathers past and secret love affairs as well as his own sexual attraction open the conversation on the potential of both relationships. 5mo
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rachaich
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Mehso-so

Skim read parts of this as it was a bit too description based for me. But appreciate that I'm not the age audience!
I've enjoyed reading about the city as I'm here on a visit and it's made me look at areas differently.

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rachaich
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Starting this borrowed book as I'm off to Amsterdam tomorrow!

Centique Enjoy your trip! I love Amsterdam so much 😍 4y
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Shan-nana
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This book will make you think. It takes ideas of love and life and needles at them until it has you questioning everything. It also has a wonderful sense of place. I spent a few weeks on holiday in the Netherlands earlier this year and with this story I felt like I was there again. With Jacob I got to explore the lanes and canals of Amsterdam once more, learning about Dutch culture and history along the way.

MyNamesParadise Gorgeous!! 6y
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