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A Rag, a Bone and a Hank of Hair

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  92 ratings  ·  8 reviews
A gripping science-fiction novel set at the end of the 22nd century. The birthrate is falling following a nuclear power plant leak, and the government have begun manufacturing 'Reborns', new people from old.
Paperback, 126 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Oxford Childrens (first published 1980)
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Chie
This is science fiction as it should be. By george!Its so very dynamic.I dont even know my own conclusion about this book, at first I sided with the 'good guys'felt sorry for them, but what they dish out for the 'bad guys'. I dont who to feel what for. I was awe stricken. The ending haunted me, that i would now have a hard time reliving the experience of re-reading it.

You must read this book.
Alex
How was this a children's book?
Katie
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Trin
Sep 21, 2007 Trin rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I first read this book when I was ~13 years old. I'd 'borrowed' it from the school I was at for something to read while I was waiting for my mom to drive by and pick me up. The book never made it back to school.

Brin is a young boy with a secret. He's part of an experiment, designed to find out for The Seniors whether or not the 1940s 'reborns' they've created could ever fit in to their peaceful world. Fisk tells this interesting story predominantly from Brin's point of view.

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skippity_doo
Something similar to a cross between The Giver and Ender's Game, but with a wholly British sensibility.
rachelish Slater
Okay, it's good - in fact it might be *very* good - but it scared me to death when I was ten so who knows now? I did not see the twist coming (when I was ten) and it's stayed with me enough that I can still feel the shock 15 years later.
Dami (Damiellar)
I just loved this book when I was younger. It had some 'fun' ideas in it and was short enough to finish in a single night.
Richard
the first book i ever read and adored kick started my reading life
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(1923–), British author of more than forty books and television scripts and a master of science fiction for children. Fisk, whose real name is David Higginbottom, grew up during the Second World War and served in the Royal Air Force. His autobiography, Pig Ignorant (1992), covers the years 1939–1941 and details his life in Soho, a bohemian section of London, where he played jazz in the evenings un ...more
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