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Edward is four years old when he is locked away with his mother by her abusive, alcoholic partner, Harris. By the time an elderly neighbour spots his pale face peering through a crack in the boarded-up window and raises the alarm, he is seven.

Rescue comes, but lasting damage has been done. Sent to live with a kindly foster family, and then adopted, Edward struggles to adap
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 4th 2013 by Doubleday Childrens
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Mischenko
Blood Family by Anne Fine is a middle grade children's fiction story about a boy who was abused at a young age and now strives to maintain a normal life with a new family.

At first, the story was interesting to me, yet seemed to lose its spark and pick back up again in part 3 and beyond. I was engaged for about half the book, but the story just didn't seem to captivate me like I'd hoped. It's extremely sad, tragic, and just not a lot going on in the story.

The author is a great writer and I can
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Beth
Feb 17, 2014 Beth rated it really liked it
I read this almost in one sitting because it was very hard to put down. I loved Eddie, he was so lovable and sweet. You really felt for him and I was so happy when he found Nicholas and was accepted into the family. My favourite character in the story had to be Alice who was so sensible and smart and really helped Ed and Lucy even though they were both too damaged to realize it. I didn't take to Natasha much at first until you realize just how much she loves her children and then I warmed to her ...more
AdiTurbo
Nov 28, 2015 AdiTurbo rated it really liked it
What really happens when a child has to be taken out of his home and put in foster care or adoption? A lot of people come into building a new life for them, but good intentions aren't always enough. This is what happens to Eddie, a seven-year-old, who is taken out of his home together with his mother after her abusive partner locked them there for years. Her mother, bitten to a senseless stupor, isn't able to deal with anything anymore, and so Eddie is sent to a foster family, and later put up f ...more
Tricia
Jul 21, 2013 Tricia rated it it was amazing
What a cracking good read. The depiction of a tortured teenage boy struggling to come to terms with his own history is compelling. There's not a word out of place.
Ela
'Listen,' he said, 'you're safe now. He can't get at you any more.'

Everyone is amazed by Eddie. After is rescued from an a abusive home Eddie seems to slip into a normal life, a normal family with relative ease. But it's only later that the demons of his childhood catch up with him.

I loved this book from the conception, it wasn't perfect but it approached the heady issue of adoption and nature vs nurture unflinchingly. Told from varying perspectives Anne Fine manages to encorporate the reactio
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Adele Broadbent
Jun 20, 2015 Adele Broadbent rated it it was amazing
Told in several viewpoints throughout the novel, we follow the life of seven yr old Eddie Taylor after he and his mother are rescued from Bryce Harris, a drunken and violent abuser. Over several years Harris has beaten Eddie’s mother into a catatonic state, while Eddie is kept inside, sworn at and made to sleep in a corner of the squalid lounge floor with a dog. A well meaning neighbour saw Eddie peeking out the curtains one day and after several attempts, finally got the police and social worke ...more
Susana P.
Aug 22, 2016 Susana P. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Une lecture éprouvante par moments, très réaliste. L'histoire d'un gamin qui vit un enfer et est un jour sauvé et confié à une famille d'accueil. Nous le suivons jusqu'au lycée tandis qu'il tente de se reconstruire. Les narrateurs alternent, c'est le plus souvent Eddie mais on découvre aussi le point de vue de tous ses proches. Vraiment un bon roman.
Shaina Leitch
I wish we could give half stars on here. I didn't really want to give this a 3, but it was for sure better than a 2.
The story was interesting, but a little lacking. I would have liked to hear more about his parents and background. I understand that the story was about his life after trauma, but I feel like it could have been more interesting with a little more depth.
Megan Hunt
Mar 01, 2017 Megan Hunt rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing but sad,and makes us think of how fortunate we are, and how many children are suffering
Kirsty (overflowing library)
I was completely and utterly drawn in by this book and finished it in one sitting.

Blood family for me was all about the nature / nurture debate and whether or not it is your environment or your genetic make up that dictate the type of person you will become. I found the way this was debated within this book utterly engrossing to the point where I literally couldn't put it down.

Blood family tells the story of Edward from a variety of different points of view from day he was rescued from a filth
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Megalion
"Yet even that first night there was something unusual about his wariness. It seemed intelligent--more on the ball than most of the children we get who come from violent homes. Too many of the ones who have been lifted out of that particular sort of danger are so concerned with keeping an eye out for the next blow-up that they don't have a single brain cell left to use in more enriching ways. The rest of their mind is not just empty for their age, it's all but frozen."

Eddie was discovered to be
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Hollie
Aug 03, 2013 Hollie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beautiful
This book was absolutely beautiful.
Not in the good way, happy way. In the "this book subtly tore my heart to shreds but I didn't realise until part V" kind of way.

I love the story, I love the characters, and oh Mr Perkins, you kind hearted, beautiful soul.

This book honestly hurt me, because it's so well written and just brilliant. I genuinely care for most of the characters, from the elderly neighbor to Edward to Lucy.

5/5
Olivia
Aug 26, 2014 Olivia rated it liked it
I have a love/hate relationship with this book.
Igne
Aug 21, 2015 Igne rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, ninth
3.75
Deborah Ideiosepius
This was a well written book about a boy in England who is taken out of an extreme domestic violence situation at the age of seven. He gets fostered then adopted, the narration is from points of view, social workers, adoptive parents and so on. The point of view is often Edward's own, and in past tense so that you know he gets out of any situations he finds himself in.

If the above description is a bit flat or bland it is because I am ambivalent about the book: While it is well enough written and
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Sharon
Edward is only four years old when he is locked away with his mother by her abusive boyfriend. With the help of a concerned neighbor, social services, and the police, seven year old Edward is rescued and catapulted into an entirely different life. When a shock places Edward on a deadly path, will he be able to find his way back?

Although the story was quite compelling, I found it hard to find a connection with Edward. Blood Family was not all that memorable, with a plot and characters that seemed
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Kelly Sierra
This was a story of nature vs. nurture, and if those effects can be reversed for a second chance at life. I liked all the different perspectives that help shape the readers knowledge of Eddie and what he went through during his adolescent years.

3 stars
Janine Darragh
Fast-paced novel that poses the questions: "Is it possible to truly escape one's past?" and , "Why is it so easy to ignore the things you don't want to see?" A book full of darkness but also hope.
cometstrike
Dec 26, 2016 cometstrike rated it really liked it
Towards the end, it became more and more frustrating to read.
Laura
Mar 13, 2017 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-mt-bookpile
Much of this was really well done, despite being one of those multi-POV books (please, can we just STOP THIS TREND???). Edward's life and reactions to the way in which he's treated are very real up and to the point he starts going off the rails. I'm not suggesting that part isn't real, as well, but it's the ending that bothered me: he seems to recover from that too quickly, too well. Or perhaps it's more that the author glosses over that part? Because I really don't buy that he's recovered, that ...more
TJ Burns
I received a copy of this book from Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Alice
Jun 03, 2014 Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book for shadowing the 2014 CILIP Carnegie Medal.

I read this book in a little over a day, I could not put it down! It tells the story of Eddie. When he was four years old he was locked inside a flat with his mother, by her violent and controlling boyfriend. It was not until he was seven years old that, by a chance tip off by a neighbour who saw his face at the window, social services and the police rescued them. At first Eddie seemed to adjust well to life in the outside world - with
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Anne
Apr 06, 2014 Anne rated it really liked it
Eddie says that he has a “far far deeper fear...that if I left Linda and Alan, things might work out so I ended up back with my mother' FEAR like Eddies is what most children, luckily, will never know but need to understand in others. This fear turns into an overwhelming nightmare when he sees his face become that of his tormentor through computer graphics during a school trip.

After a slow and promising start we see Eddie settle with adoptive parents who whilst not the traditional caring couple
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Beth Bonini
Aug 31, 2015 Beth Bonini rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Anyone with the slightest interest in psychology and human development will find this a fascinating, compelling story. The content may not always be "easy", but it is highly readable.

The premise is that Eddie has been trapped in a squalid flat from the ages of 4 to 7. During that time, he has never been outside or exposed to any people other than the alcoholic, violent brute who continually beats his mother until she is brain-damaged. Fortunately, the reader is spared the detail in excruciating
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Sunshine_btr
May 07, 2014 Sunshine_btr rated it it was amazing
Synopsis:
Edward is four years old when he is locked away with his mother by her abusive, alcoholic partner, Harris. By the time an elderly neighbour spots his pale face peering through a crack in the boarded-up window and raises the alarm, he is seven.
Rescue comes, but lasting damage has been done. Sent to live with a kindly foster family, and then adopted, Edward struggles to adapt to normal life. Even as a teenager it's still clear to his new family and schoolmates there's something odd about
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Emma
Oct 09, 2013 Emma rated it really liked it
Shelves: guest-reviews
Review by Beth

It must be about 16 years since I’ve read anything by Anne Fine. I’ll be honest and say I can’t even remember what I read so she’s not an author who has stuck with me like others from that long ago but it also meant I could read Blood Family without any preconceptions and enjoy it purely for what it is.

In some senses enjoy is the wrong word for Blood Family. It’s hard at time watching Edward struggle through, trying to find his place in the world. To begin with it looks like it’s a
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Serendipity Reviews
Sep 09, 2013 Serendipity Reviews rated it it was amazing
Originally published on www.serendipityreviews.co.uk
This book has to be one of the most upsetting books I have ever read. In fact I think it broke my heart. I couldn’t read it continually, because I found myself getting emotional every time I picked it up, so I would have to mix it up with a lighter book.

The story looks closely at the forgotten victims; the children who grew up in abusive households, only to reach a point where intervention is the final answer. I don’t know about you,but when
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Katy Noyes
Apr 15, 2014 Katy Noyes rated it it was amazing
Powerful. Upsetting. Inspiring.

A heart-breaking opening. Seven-year-old Eddie is rescued by a neighbour raising the alarm after seeing his pale face kept indoors for three years. Forced into captivity by his mother's partner, Eddie and his mother emerge into the world damaged in different ways. Initially seeming resilient, Eddie copes with foster and adoptive families, learning how to socialise with other children, attends his first school. Only several years later as a teenager does he start to
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Thomas
May 01, 2014 Thomas rated it liked it
Shelves: carnegie-2014
I really liked this book and finished it in one sitting, but I don't think that Anne Fine's writing is strong enough in this case to win the Carnegie award. I really warmed to the characters, especially to Eddie, Alice and Linda.

The book's opening hooked me immediately; a seven year old boy called Eddie is crouched against the wall, listening to the police banging on his door. His mum just slumps further into her chair, moaning in fright. The police burst in to find the house in a decrepit stat
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Alyssa Schneyman
Feb 09, 2017 Alyssa Schneyman rated it really liked it
I read this almost in one sitting because it was very hard to put down. I loved Eddie, he was so lovable and sweet. You really felt for him and I was so happy when he found Nicholas and was accepted into the family. My favourite character in the story had to be Alice who was so sensible and smart and really helped Ed and Lucy even though they were both too damaged to realize it. I didn't take to Natasha much at first until you realize just how much she loves her children and then I warmed to her ...more
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Though readers often find themselves inadvertently laughing aloud as they read Anne Fine's novels, as she herself admits, "a lot of my work, even for fairly young readers, raises serious social issues. Growing up is a long and confusing business. I try to show that the battle through the chaos is worthwhile and can, at times, be seen as very funny." In 1994, this unique combination of humour and r ...more
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