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I used to be called Louis Whittaker, he thought to himself. I had a sister called Millie and a brother called Max. I used to live in a big house in Paris. I used to speak French every day. None of this is true anymore...

Louis is a young Parisian with a lot on his plate - his parents are locked in a custody battle over him and his brother and sister, Mum is always working l
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 7th 2009 by Corgi Childrens
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Laura
Nov 26, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing
How do you make a new start when everything you are has to be left behind or hidden away? Could you let go of everything that made you unique in this world or made you—“you”? How do you make a decision knowing whatever you decide your family will get hurt?

Without Looking Back by Tabitha Suzuma tells the story of a family torn apart by divorce, anger, and a bitter custody battle. The children—Max, Louis, and Millie—are caught in the middle. Their father whisks them away from their lives in Paris
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Emily
Jun 24, 2012 Emily rated it it was ok
The idea behind this story was a good one. Louis is 12 and from Paris. He has an older brother and younger sister and his parents are currently going through a custody battle. When things don’t turn out the way his dad wants them he takes them away for their last weekend together. However he is acting strange and the Louis especially is worried about missing out on school and his beloved dancing. They eventually make it to England and start doing up a home they believe to be their Dad’s new home ...more
Tasneem
Mar 19, 2016 Tasneem rated it it was ok
it's my least favourite book that has written by Miss suzuma.
I can't write much about this book
Zoë
Sep 21, 2014 Zoë rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Tabitha Suzuma fans...duh!
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Olivia
Jun 08, 2015 Olivia rated it it was amazing
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Georgia
Feb 20, 2017 Georgia rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, 2017-reads
I have never read a book like this before, I was so interesting. It helps you get an entirely different perspective for all this kind of thing seen in the news. A lot of it was really shocking, the kind of things like the divorce, the court case it was all very realistic reasons why this happened. Their dad decided to kidnap Louis, Max and Millie across the country as he wanted his kids. Which yeah everyone wants their kids but it's obviously not right how it happened. Their mother was putting u ...more
Karen
Feb 12, 2011 Karen rated it liked it
This was a hard book to rate with stars because I liked it but yet I didn't love it. Usually when that happens I give the books a 3 stars even though they may deserve more then that, but obviously not too much more because I didn't "love" it....

So with that being said, "Without looking back" is about a child custody battle. Three children, Max-the oldest at 14, Louise-the middle child at 12 and Millie-the youngest at 8 live with their mother in Paris and only see their father every other weekend
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Nina
Suzuma is definitely becoming one of my favourite authors. This is the second book of hers that I have read, and although I preferred the other one a little bit more, I still utterly loved this one. The thing I really like about her books is that she deals with topics that we all know and think about, but barely ever read about - well, in teenage books, anyway. This novel was about a depressed father taking his three children away from France to Paris after he lost the custody battle with his ex ...more
Laura
Aug 05, 2013 Laura rated it liked it
Without Looking Back follows the story of three French kids Louis (12), Max (14) and Millie (8) who are taken by there father to England, deeming it a "surprise" trip.
This was in fact not the truth. There father had taken the children away from their mother who had won sole custody of them. After settling down their world tumbles apart. The book ends with Millie, Max and the father boarding a plane, with Louis staying behind to go live with his mum.

So I finished this book today, and I am disap
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Tabitha Suzuma
Oct 10, 2008 Tabitha Suzuma added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I used to be called Louis Whittaker, he thought to himself. I had a sister called Millie and a brother called Max. I used to live in a big house in Paris. I used to speak French every day. None of this is true anymore...

Louis is a young Parisian with a lot on his plate - his parents are locked in a custody battle over him and his brother and sister, Mum is always working late and Dad is rarely allowed to visit. But his passion and talent for dancing and his friends at school mean that life in Pa
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Helena Ison
Aug 21, 2012 Helena Ison rated it really liked it
This was the second book I've read from Tabitha Suzuma. While I did enjoy it, I didn't quite love it as much as “Forbidden”. I was expecting something a bit more controversial but instead it turned out to be rather tame. “Without Looking Back” is definitely for younger readers. Fortunately, Tabitha's writing is always entertaining no matter what age group it is geared towards.

My heart went out to the children in this story. I couldn’t imagine having to make a decision like they were forced to; a
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Hannah
Sep 02, 2016 Hannah rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I appreciate Tabitha Suzuma's strength in approaching difficult or taboo topics. In this novel, she deals with parental custodial abduction, something I've personally never come across in literature before.

I like Sazuma's style of writing, though Louis - and in fact both his siblings spoke like adults most of the time, unless the passage was deliberately showing immaturity. She could have benefited from giving the characters more distinct voices, I feel.

The conclusion felt both rushed and forc
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A Dame To Kill For
Jul 14, 2016 A Dame To Kill For rated it it was amazing
I finished reading today Without Looking Back.I love it.It was painful and thrilling.You didn't know If they would get caught or not.The writing pulls you in and every feeling is heightened.Tabitha Suzuma absolutely writes the Best kid characters.Little Millie was so cute.I love how we saw Louis journey from a kid to a mature teen by the choice he made in the end aafter saving the day Without being bratty.It is definately worth the read.
Shannon (leaninglights)
Apr 03, 2014 Shannon (leaninglights) rated it really liked it
Loved this book, not quite as much as Forbidden, but it was almost 5-star worthy in my opinion. It tells a unique story of three siblings caught up in between two parents in a custody battle and what lengths people will go for love. Overall I really enjoyed this book and the characters. Tabitha is an amazing writer who has great style and flow. I look forward to reading even more of her books. 4.5/5 stars
Heather
Jul 03, 2016 Heather rated it it was ok
I was very disappointed in this book. Usually I love reading Suzuma's novels, but this one was slow, dull and torturous to read. I kept wondering if I should continue or not, but I persevered to see whether it would improve - it didn't!
Jemma
Oct 22, 2012 Jemma rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
A good book, but not was I expected. He in effectly kidnapped them, but the ending has no substance. Rubbish ending but the events on their new life trying to stay hidden until they are rumbled is the best bit
Sarah
Aug 29, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing


This book.......where to start! It was so addicting I read it in a few hours. It was sooooooo well written. The storyline was so great and I couldn't put it down.
Amanda
Oct 16, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing
another engrossing read
Eloise
Apr 09, 2012 Eloise rated it liked it
good
Josie
Feb 07, 2010 Josie rated it it was amazing
It was very good but at the end it was very sad when he says"go I will be all alright" or wateva but to sum it up it up I loved it
Lucy
Feb 04, 2013 Lucy rated it really liked it
Llegando al epílogo estaba casi gritando "NO." Pero por suerte las cosas terminaron (mas o menos) como quería.
Jenny  (hades2) (Chocolate Chunky Munkie)
This is the second book I've read by this author. I really enjoyed the story.
Valeria
Oct 17, 2016 Valeria rated it liked it
This book had a lot of potential. It was good, but just not quite there in my opinion.
~Tina~
Jun 30, 2010 ~Tina~ rated it liked it
TBR Reduce Challenge #19- 2011 (Stefanie)
Kayla
Aug 21, 2012 Kayla rated it it was amazing
such a good book
Melina Vaki
Melina Vaki rated it it was ok
Jul 20, 2013
Oleg
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Tabitha Suzuma was born in London, the eldest of five children. She attended a French school in the UK and grew up bilingual. However, she hated school and would sit at the back of the class and write stories, which she got away with because her teachers thought she was taking notes. Ag
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