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The Red Suitcase

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A terrorist bomb has forced Ruth's family to leave Indonesia and return to Takapuna Beach, Auckland, where she desperately tries to establish a life at her new school. But instead she finds herself inexplicably sharing the exploits of a mysterious airman who went missing during World War II. The only person who makes any sense of what's happening to Ruth is physics geek ...more
Paperback, 234 pages
Published April 2014 by Makaro Press
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Lorraine Orman
Sep 07, 2014 Lorraine Orman rated it really liked it
This book offers a skilful blending of several themes and settings, and should be enjoyed by girls of about 12 to 14 who like thought-provoking stories. Ruth has just returned to New Zealand after her family was involved with a terrorist bomb in Indonesia. Ruth is still suffering from shock - and somehow her fragile state opens the way for a series of time-slips that take her back to the horrific experiences of a crew member on a World War II bomber. These frightening episodes are only ...more
Angela Oliver
Jul 02, 2015 Angela Oliver rated it liked it
"The Red Suitcase" is a cross-over novel, combining the modern world with snippets from WWII. Our heroine, Ruth, is having to adapt to being back in New Zealand, after a suicide bomber tore her family's life in Indonesia apart. Returning to Takapuna beach proves something of a social challenge, and to make matters worse, she begins to have random flashbacks. Unexpectedly, she finds herself like a ghost, haunting the presence of a young man, Jonah, who pilots a bomber during the second World War. ...more
Wendy Howard
Aug 30, 2015 Wendy Howard rated it really liked it
Ruth and her father have returned to Auckland and are living with her grandmother after a bomb went off in her father's university classroom in Indonesia. They left her mother behind to complete her studies, and she will be home in six months.

Ruth is keen to fit in at her new high school, having not lived in New Zealand for five years. She left her best friend back in Indonesia, and misses her terribly.

Strange things keep happening to Ruth - she seems to be pulled back in time at odd moments, vi
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Emily Dine
Jun 22, 2015 Emily Dine rated it liked it
The red suitcase was an interesting book that taught me a few things about WW1. I liked how the main character lives in Auckland, New zealand because it made the story feel more real. IT was very intriguing how much Ruth wanted to know about the war and the past.
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Sep 30, 2015 Delia Achten rated it really liked it
Loved reading about places in my own country. Lovely read and easy to believe the characters. Never too keen on time shifting but in this case it gave the sense of history I was looking for.
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Jill grew up in Takapuna, North Shore, New Zealand, spending a lot of her childhood swimming, boating, fishing and reading. She worked as a teacher and a librarian including three years teaching English in central Java, retiring to write children's fiction, poetry and liturgies. Jill's books grow out of a commitment to the power of stories, music and the natural world. She thinks that a novel for ...more
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