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The Forbidden Room

by Sarah Wray

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Winner of the Wow Factor Prize- a competition set up by Faber to discover new children’s authors – The Forbidden Room is an exceptional story which should be enjoyed by both juveniles and adults.

Sarah Wray works with disabled children and brings her expertise into play in this story about Jenny, who lost both her legs and her single parent in a car accident.

Jenny is fostered out and, aged 14, battles to learn to walk with prosthetic legs and her new, slightly disturbing, family. Gentle, sympathetic, though-provoking but at the same time an exciting and sinister thriller, this is a must-read. ( )
  adpaton | Sep 10, 2008 |
Jenny lives in a children's home after her mum died in a car accident. Jenny herself was injured and now uses a wheelchair, having had her legs amputated. In part this book deals with Jenny's bereavement and feelings of guilt about her mum's death, and her adjustment to her disability.

She is pleased when she is offered the chance to live with a foster family, the Hollands. They seem like a wonderful family, and Jenny loves her little foster brother Stephen. But when she finds a diary belonging to a former foster child who also lived with the Hollands, she realises this perfect family may be hiding a secret.

This is an enjoyable read, although I did feel that the end was a little rushed, and that the tension could have been maintained for longer. ( )
1 vote CaroTheLibrarian | Oct 31, 2007 |
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For Paul, and Becca, Daniel and Christy
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I think they know that I'm on to them. I'm probably just being paranoid, but I'm sure that there's an atmosphere in the house. They're looking at me strangely, I know they are.
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Taken to live at Oak Hall Children's Centre, Jenny begins a very different life, confined to a wheelchair and dreaming of an earlier time filled with love, family and friends. Then Helen and John Holland offer her a foster home with their son. But when she discovers an old diary beneath a floorboard, she unravels a horrifying secret.… (more)

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