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A Rag, a Bone and a Hank of Hair

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  126 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
A gripping science-fiction novel set at the end of the 22nd century. The birthrate is falling following a nuclear power plant leak, and the government have begun manufacturing 'Reborns', new people from old.
Paperback, 126 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Oxford Childrens (first published 1980)
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Miriam
Sep 29, 2016 Miriam rated it liked it
This started strong, with an interesting premise, decent writing, and strong if spare characterization. In fact, it was a book I enjoyed most of the way through. However, the last quarter or so did not make a ton of sense and the ending was weak. It seemed like all set-up and then -- fizzle. I don't know if Fisk was limited as to page count but I think this would have been much better had it been substantially longer and gone somewhere. Even if he just wanted to make some sort of philosophical p ...more
Trin
Sep 21, 2007 Trin rated it really liked it
Shelves: we-own
I first read this book when I was ~13 years old. I'd 'borrowed' it from the school I was at for something to read while I was waiting for my mom to drive by and pick me up. The book never made it back to school.

Brin is a young boy with a secret. He's part of an experiment, designed to find out for The Seniors whether or not the 1940s 'reborns' they've created could ever fit in to their peaceful world. Fisk tells this interesting story predominantly from Brin's point of view.

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Chie
Nov 13, 2010 Chie rated it it was amazing
This is science fiction as it should be. By george!Its so very dynamic.I dont even know my own conclusion about this book, at first I sided with the 'good guys'felt sorry for them, but what they dish out for the 'bad guys'. I dont who to feel what for. I was awe stricken. The ending haunted me, that i would now have a hard time reliving the experience of re-reading it.

You must read this book.
Alex
Mar 11, 2009 Alex rated it it was amazing
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How was this a children's book?
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Jul 13, 2014 skippity_doo rated it really liked it
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Something similar to a cross between The Giver and Ender's Game, but with a wholly British sensibility.
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Dec 16, 2009 Katie rated it it was amazing
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rachelish Slater
Jun 14, 2007 rachelish Slater rated it liked it
Okay, it's good - in fact it might be *very* good - but it scared me to death when I was ten so who knows now? I did not see the twist coming (when I was ten) and it's stayed with me enough that I can still feel the shock 15 years later.
Jocelyn
May 17, 2015 Jocelyn rated it it was amazing
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I read this book when I was still in junior school. So I was maybe 8 or 9. That was 1982. It had a profound affect on me.
Heather
Apr 19, 2016 Heather rated it it was amazing
I read this sometime around age 11-ish, I think, and thoroughly enjoyed. Just found a copy and looking forward to a re-read. A book whose title sticks 30+ years after reading is worth a revisit.
Dami (Damiellar)
I just loved this book when I was younger. It had some 'fun' ideas in it and was short enough to finish in a single night.
Richard
Dec 10, 2010 Richard rated it liked it
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the first book i ever read and adored kick started my reading life
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(1923–), British author of more than forty books and television scripts and a master of science fiction for children. Fisk, whose real name is David Higginbottom, grew up during the Second World War and served in the Royal Air Force. His autobiography, Pig Ignorant (1992), covers the years 1939–1941 and details his life in Soho, a bohemian section of London, where he played jazz in the evenings un ...more
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