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Safe House

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  32 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Northern Ireland. In 1999, one year after the Good Friday peace accord, sectarian violence still runs rampant in Belfast and the hatred between Protestant and Catholic runs deep. Liam O'Donnell's father is a peacemaker to the Catholic community. When twelve-year-old Liam's parents are brutally murdered in front of him, he is frozen in place. But when he sees the face of on ...more
Published October 1st 2006 by Orca Book Publishers (first published January 1st 2006)
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This quick read was pleasantly surprising in its balanced look at such a sensitive, divisive issue. Liam is a young Catholic teen living in Northern Ireland who dreams of joining the circus, so he attends classes on the weekends with his friends and has posters of performers lining the walls in his room. But when his parents are brutally murdered in a random retaliation killing, he wakes up to see one of the perpetrators who briefly removed his mask. He is sent to live in a safe house until the ...more
Kath Ann
Northern Ireland, 1999, one year after the Good Friday Peace Accord.

After witnessing the brutal murder of his parents in his own home while they slept, twelve year old Liam escapes. This story covers Liam's attempt to stay safe while being pursued by one of the men he is able to identify. Flashbacks to the things he learned from his father while growing up help shape this brief history of Liam's life. I especially appreciated the "Irish sayings" his father shared with him.

“Always be a man,” says
Victoria Frias
the book i chose to read was called safe house. it was different for me to read because usually i will choose a book that stands out with a cute name colorful cover but this one is dark with just "safe house" on it. I'm very glad i chose this book it kept me on the top of my feet wile reading it and literally left me sleepless for a night after finishing it. Safe House ... a boy named Liam Fogarty was a 12 year old boy who was one night the victim of his parents death he was asleep peacefully un ...more
I love how the dad says, "like the old Irish saying..." I'd like to create an entire list of these from the book.

For example: "The forest would be terrible silent if no birds sang except those that sang the best," when responding to his son complaint about and friend who was better at gymnastics, and lamenting that he would never be that good.

Good for teaching peace.
Chris Young
I'm sure my Grade 9 Applied students will live this book, but for me, things seemed anti-climatic. The resolution of this book is pretty random and I felt too easy. However, some good history about Ireland's troubles, but not enough to make me a fan.
Alexander Patton
Apr 20, 2010 Alexander Patton rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: reluctant readers
Shelves: favorites, fiction
Another good book by this author. Exciting and great for reluctant readers.
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James Heneghan (born 1930) is a British Canadian author. Heneghan grew up Liverpool, England, and currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. He earned Canadian citizenship in 1963.

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* Arthur Ellis Award: Juvenile
o 1995 – Torn Away – Winner

* Sheila A. Egoff Children's Book Prize
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