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Torn Pages

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There's something about a storm in the middle of the night that gathers a family close. It's as if nothing else exists outside that huddle of love in a blacked-out room which, try as it might, the storm cannot overwhelm. The storm that Liddy faces is the storm of AIDS, that is attacking their small African community. It has taken away from her for ever her mother and ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 2nd 2009 by Bloomsbury Children's Books
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Mehsi
This was a beautiful, but very sad book.

I didn't particularly like all characters, especially the grandma was just plain annoying and mean. She had all the money, a house, everything, and what does she do? Hate her grandchildren, try to steal stuff from them (seriously who does that?) and more. Pathetic woman. :(

Also Jabu was just a creep, he gave me goosebumps every time and I was worried for Lydia.

I cried a few tears at the ending, especially when they got some good news.

In overall, a beautif
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Varsha Seshan
Nov 17, 2012 Varsha Seshan rated it liked it
The sensitive treatment of orphaned children at the mercy of a mercenary, match-making grandmother is tender, but the idea of AIDS victims not being 'bad' is one that could have been better expressed. For children reading about AIDS, perhaps for the first time, confusion about the 'morality' of AIDS is problematic. The writing is beautiful right through, though, and the characters are grand.
Nova
Apr 19, 2009 Nova rated it really liked it
a moving story of a girl with 2 younger siblings, orphaned by AIDS. In Africa there is no welfare and they have to fend for themselves.
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this is such an amazing book.. i found it interesting through every word the writer arouse my emotions. this was such a wonderfull good book i would like to recommend to every age group
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Feb 07, 2013 Beth Montgomery rated it really liked it
I really liked this book as it shows the tragic plight of AIDS orphans in Africa with sensitivity and even a sprinkling of humour. A great story for tweens or teenagers.
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it is a book of a girl who survives as an orphan. i like her attitude the most and i want to read many books like this.
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Absolutely Brilliant! Sad, But It makes you think how lucky you are. Really enjoyed it!
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