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Ruby Tanya by Robert Swindells
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Feb 15, 12

bookshelves: childhood, favourites, modern-greats
Read in January, 2009

Robert Swindells has never shied away from revealing the home truths of our society and challenges young people to think for themselves and in few novels does that come across with more elegance than Ruby Tanya.

Ruby Tanya is the young daughter of a fierce British nationalist who befriends another young girl, Asra, from the town's local refugee camp. When crisis hits the town racial tensions arise and it is difficult for their friendship to last against bigotry.

But what would Ruby do if she thought that Asra, and all the refugees, were being framed and now were in serious danger.
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