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Tender Earth

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Laila Levenson has always been the baby of the family, but now with her older siblings, Mira and Krish, leaving home just as she starts secondary school, everything feels like it's changing... can the reappearance of Nana Josie's Protest Book and the spirit it releases in Laila, her friends and her local community, help her find her own voice and discover what she truly ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published June 1st 2017 by Macmillan Children's Books
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Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
One to suggest to fans of Jacqueline Wilson who would enjoy something with a bit more social and contemporary bite, this is a story of one 12 year old's wakening of her political conscience. I'll certainly be encouraging my daughters to read this, a tool in their belts for charting the news they hear everyday. Full of diverse characters (each and every single character might, on their own, in another book be seen as an inclusion of diversity) the cast of Tender Earth explores all different sorts ...more
Nikki Donovan
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is so of our time tackling so many issues that young adolescents are experiencing right now. It is said that history repeats itself and this book clearly demonstrates that bigotism, racism and discrimination are never far away and constantly need to be highlighted and tackled before even any small progress can be made. But to quote the cliche ...Mighty oaks from little acorns grow. The story will touch people from all generations and walks of life with the issues in the story being ...more
Sarah Tate
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is a children's book.

Sometimes we say that a book is a children's book because it's stupid or trite. Tender Earth is neither, and actually attempts to deliver a serious message, yet its focus on preteen and school drama made it a bore to finish as an adult. My students admitted to crying while reading it, but I found it heavy-handed and emotionally manipulative.

Despite that, this book has merits. Sita Brachamari is skilled at developing characters who children feel they can relate to;
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This gorgeous book is one of the most moving and uplifting I’ve read in a long time. It brought me to tears - but also to smiles - many times for its tender and inspiring story of a 12 year old London girl appreciating, protecting and inspiring the diverse community she lives in.
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
SO good. It's a book for young readers, but it has a message for all readers!
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Carnegie Long List that didn't make the short list.

It was well meaning. It was too long. It felt manipulative.
Mrs Craig
Dec 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Wish I liked the characters more.
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Sita was born in Derby in 1966, to an Indian doctor from Kolkata and an English nurse from the Lake District. She has a BA in English Literature and an MA in Arts Education. Her many projects and writing commissions have been produced in theatres, universities, schools and community groups throughout Britain and America. ARTICHOKE HEARTS is her first novel for young people. Sita lives and works in ...more
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