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Red Moon

by Rachel Anderson

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Rather strange book about refugees from the English viewpoint rather than an Australian perspective that I am used to reading. Told by two different boys, Hamish is the English boy who's father has been murdered by a deranged black woman at the train station. Ahmed is struggling to survive civil war and famine in his African country. The two meet via a storm that capsizes the boat that Ahmed is fleeing his country in, and washes him onto the shore of a remote French beach where Hamish is staying with his mother. Ahmed has lost his father, his uncle, his memory and his identity. Hamish is struggling to find his identity after discovering that his scottish father was not his real Dad, his timid French mother is so different in her own country with her own language, and he is not the struggling Asthmatic he was in cold, damp England. Thought-provoking book about searching for who you are despite terrible hardship and burdens that young people should not have to face in life. The opening pages are brilliant, with Hamish being caught up in a raid on a local butcher shop for illegal immigrants. p.3 -9 "save the sad world for me."
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Hamish, angry, father murdered, mother mugged - victim of the world's troubles, until he meets another victim...who needs his help. Hamish is sensible, conscientious, and respectable, friends with the good boys, stays away from the bad ones. When his father is murdered in an act of random violence, Hamish's world turns upside down. Angry and alienated, Hamish begins to lose his tolerant beliefs and is drawn towards racist reactions. A move to France promises a much needed new beginning, but only builds Hamish's new attitudes as he becomes embroiled in the narrow-minded views of the locals. But then, a boat of North-African refugees founders on the coast and Hamish encounters the sole survivor. Now, his world is turned upside down again, caught between the violence of his past experiences and new realities unfolding in front of him.… (more)

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