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Raven Summer by David Almond
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Feb 07, 11

really liked it
Read in February, 2011

In this coming of age story David Almond blends his setting in the northern England countryside, where ancient armies fought and bled, with modern characters. Though the violence is not overly graphic his descriptions paint pictures of past and today. Liam and his friend Max led by a raven, find an abandoned baby in ancient ruins. Liam's father is a writer, and mother an artist, and are not natives to this countryside, and culture. His family meets the foster family where the baby has been taken, and his family becomes her new foster family. There is a continuing relationship with the former foster family, particularly two foster teenagers whose lives are far different than Liam's. This story explores the how violence affects children, and how capable they are of physically and psychologicaly harming another person, and other living things.
I would place this book in a middle or high school library.

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