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The Seventh Raven by Peter Dickinson

The Seventh Raven

by Peter Dickinson

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Gripped by the powerful opening paragraph, I was swept into the world of a 17-year-old girl helping to stage an amateur opera that becomes the focus of hostage taking. The clever opinionated heroine is little more than an observer as great events swirl around her but she is not passive and Dickinson applies his immense storytelling skills to this exciting tale that is more than a thriller. ( )
  TheoClarke | Nov 7, 2009 |
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Too old to take part in the annual children’s opera, seventeen-year-old Doll Jacobs makes a place for herself as a junior member of the “opera mafia” who run the show. There are always exactly one hundred children’s roles, but an exception is made for Juan O’Grady, the son of the ambassador from a small South American country, Matteo. When Mattean terrorists attempt to kidnap him, Juan is hidden amongst the other children and a tense standoff unfolds as the terrorists hold the cast and crew hostage and search for him. Dickinson’s philosophical investigation of whether we can defend “art for art’s sake” is also a taut thriller that will hold readers of all ages to the very end.
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In a bungled attempt to kidnap an ambassador's son, four revolutionaries make hostages of a hundred children rehearsing an opera.

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