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A World Between Us by Lydia Syson
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A World Between Us (2012)

by Lydia Syson

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Spain, 1936. With Europe on the verge of war, Felix is on the verge of discovering love. But discovery means choice and she has to decide between logic and attraction, good sense and passion. As suburban London becomes a memory, Felix has to fight to survive not just the battles of the Spanish Civil War, but also the conflicts of her own heart. A passionate and exciting adventure story for older children that explores the meaning of love and the power of choice.… (more)
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Exciting, moving and detailed. I've always been interested in the Spanish Civil War and this book really brings it to life, wrapping it around a love story. Left me wanting to find out more about the war and the characters. As a book should. ( )
2 vote MarkTJones | Mar 30, 2013 |
A World Between Us is an outstanding debut novel for teenagers, set in the Spanish civil war. In a historical note, Lydia Syson quotes a speech made by Dolores Ibárruri, La Pasionaria, at a farewell parade in Barcelona in 1938. "Go proudly. You are history. You are legend. You are the heroic example of the solidarity and the universality of democracy … We will not forget you." She was addressing the tens of thousands of international volunteers who had come to the aid of the republicans as they struggled to repel the fascist forces that threatened Spain....Syson has written an affecting story that takes its protagonists on a gruelling journey through a war-torn landscape. Picasso's Guernica continues to bear witness to that city's tragic fate; this accomplished wartime romance will enthral while reminding you why he painted it.
 
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Spain, 1936. Felix, a spirited young nurse, has travelled to Spain to help the cause of the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War. But she is also following Nat, a passionate young man who has joined the International Brigades fighting Franco. And George - familiar George from home - is not far behind, in pursuit of Felix...As Spain fights for its freedom against tyranny, Felix battles a conflict of the heart. With the civil war raging around her, Felix must make choices that will change her life forever. An epic and moving historical adventure from debut author Lydia Syson.
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