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Sisterland (2003)

by Linda Newbery

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Jesus, when are people going to put "WARNING: HOLOCAUST!" bands on YA literature? I know it's v important that We Must Never Forget, but I am in no danger of forgetting, thank you. Review in brief: granny turns out to be a Nazi. To Oxfam it goes! ( )
  phoebesmum | Aug 7, 2011 |
This novel packs many important topics into an engaging and easy-to-read narrative. Hilly and Zoe are sisters who don't always get on and having to share a room when their gran Heidi moves in doesn't make it any easier. Heidi has Alzheimer's and cannot cope on her own any more. With the disease, the memories of her childhood that she buried very deep are resurfacing and result in a few surprises for the rest of the family. There's an interesting racism subplot to all this. ( )
  mari_reads | Aug 29, 2009 |
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For David, Bella and Maggie, with love,
and thanks for letting me throw
antoher stone into the swamp
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... this feels so weird, in mid-air somewhere over eastern Europe, heading for your country, your places, but so far from you.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0099472821, Paperback)

Following the success of The Shell House, Linda Newbery again demonstrates her brilliance at weaving thought-provoking subjects into a wholly satisfying and sensitively drawn novel. Hilly's German grandmother, HeidiGran, comes to live with her family after she gets Alzheimer's disease; but as her mind becomes more muddled, secrets buried in her past start to emerge. Why does HeidiGran keep talking about a girl called Rachel? And why does she make racist remarks about Hilly's friend, Reuben? As Hilly struggles to cope with revelations about her family's past, she encounters racism and prejudice for herself when a friend becomes the victim of a mindless attack; she also falls in love for the first time. This is a wonderfully evocative novel exploring the recurring prejudices that affect every generation.

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Intertwines experience of present-day England with flashbacks to the late 1930s and '40s in continental Europe. An old lady, struggling with Alzheimer's Disease, is forced to face up to her past. Meanwhile, one of her grandaughters becomes aware of the inhumanity and racism around us.… (more)

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