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Raven Summer

by David Almond

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This was an extremely quick read. Liam finds a baby in a field, that is taken into a foster family. Liam and his family make friends with the foster family and eventually his mother adopts the baby, leading Crystal and Oliver two of the other foster children to become even closer to Liam.

This book addresses several major themes including growing up, maintaining friendships, what makes art art, and children as soldiers. While the book is a short read there is no lack of things to discuss here.

***Spoilers***
The idea of child abandonment and what would lead someone to leave their child in a field.

Liam wants to spend this last summer as a child while his friend Max is ready to move on and grow up or even Liam's decision to separate himself from his old friend Natrass, who is becoming more violent and frightening on a regular basis.

Natrass submits "art" to galleries. The pieces are video pieces that mimic the violent torture of human beings only to reveal that it wasn't actually a person. Is this really art, or is it just sensationalist.

There is also Oliver's life before his foster family, as a child soldier. At first he lies and says only that his family was murdered by soldiers, later on he finally admits to being trained as a soldier by the perpetrator and committing similar murders himself.

***Spoilers End***
This is all very heavy food for thought and even though this book is a quick read, I reccommend not reading it unless you have a lot of time because it really does make you think about all of these different issues. Also even though it is a heavy read it is well written with such a light touch that the reader does not get bogged down in the heavy feeling that this kind of book can sometimes lead to for me.

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  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
This was an extremely quick read. Liam finds a baby in a field, that is taken into a foster family. Liam and his family make friends with the foster family and eventually his mother adopts the baby, leading Crystal and Oliver two of the other foster children to become even closer to Liam.

This book addresses several major themes including growing up, maintaining friendships, what makes art art, and children as soldiers. While the book is a short read there is no lack of things to discuss here.

***Spoilers***
The idea of child abandonment and what would lead someone to leave their child in a field.

Liam wants to spend this last summer as a child while his friend Max is ready to move on and grow up or even Liam's decision to separate himself from his old friend Natrass, who is becoming more violent and frightening on a regular basis.

Natrass submits "art" to galleries. The pieces are video pieces that mimic the violent torture of human beings only to reveal that it wasn't actually a person. Is this really art, or is it just sensationalist.

There is also Oliver's life before his foster family, as a child soldier. At first he lies and says only that his family was murdered by soldiers, later on he finally admits to being trained as a soldier by the perpetrator and committing similar murders himself.

***Spoilers End***
This is all very heavy food for thought and even though this book is a quick read, I reccommend not reading it unless you have a lot of time because it really does make you think about all of these different issues. Also even though it is a heavy read it is well written with such a light touch that the reader does not get bogged down in the heavy feeling that this kind of book can sometimes lead to for me.

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  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
This was an extremely quick read. Liam finds a baby in a field, that is taken into a foster family. Liam and his family make friends with the foster family and eventually his mother adopts the baby, leading Crystal and Oliver two of the other foster children to become even closer to Liam.

This book addresses several major themes including growing up, maintaining friendships, what makes art art, and children as soldiers. While the book is a short read there is no lack of things to discuss here.

***Spoilers***
The idea of child abandonment and what would lead someone to leave their child in a field.

Liam wants to spend this last summer as a child while his friend Max is ready to move on and grow up or even Liam's decision to separate himself from his old friend Natrass, who is becoming more violent and frightening on a regular basis.

Natrass submits "art" to galleries. The pieces are video pieces that mimic the violent torture of human beings only to reveal that it wasn't actually a person. Is this really art, or is it just sensationalist.

There is also Oliver's life before his foster family, as a child soldier. At first he lies and says only that his family was murdered by soldiers, later on he finally admits to being trained as a soldier by the perpetrator and committing similar murders himself.

***Spoilers End***
This is all very heavy food for thought and even though this book is a quick read, I reccommend not reading it unless you have a lot of time because it really does make you think about all of these different issues. Also even though it is a heavy read it is well written with such a light touch that the reader does not get bogged down in the heavy feeling that this kind of book can sometimes lead to for me.

( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
This was an extremely quick read. Liam finds a baby in a field, that is taken into a foster family. Liam and his family make friends with the foster family and eventually his mother adopts the baby, leading Crystal and Oliver two of the other foster children to become even closer to Liam.

This book addresses several major themes including growing up, maintaining friendships, what makes art art, and children as soldiers. While the book is a short read there is no lack of things to discuss here.

***Spoilers***
The idea of child abandonment and what would lead someone to leave their child in a field.

Liam wants to spend this last summer as a child while his friend Max is ready to move on and grow up or even Liam's decision to separate himself from his old friend Natrass, who is becoming more violent and frightening on a regular basis.

Natrass submits "art" to galleries. The pieces are video pieces that mimic the violent torture of human beings only to reveal that it wasn't actually a person. Is this really art, or is it just sensationalist.

There is also Oliver's life before his foster family, as a child soldier. At first he lies and says only that his family was murdered by soldiers, later on he finally admits to being trained as a soldier by the perpetrator and committing similar murders himself.

***Spoilers End***
This is all very heavy food for thought and even though this book is a quick read, I reccommend not reading it unless you have a lot of time because it really does make you think about all of these different issues. Also even though it is a heavy read it is well written with such a light touch that the reader does not get bogged down in the heavy feeling that this kind of book can sometimes lead to for me.

( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
I enjoyed this a lot. Much more than some of his more recent books. In a way the most interesting character is Natrass. The book is pretty comfortable and comforting despite dealing with some uncomfortable situations mainly because you see through the eyes of Liam - but I could imagine stepping right out of that comfort zone by putting Natrass at the centre of the book. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jun 17, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385738064, Hardcover)

A captivating new novel from Printz Award winner David Almond.

Liam and his friend Max are playing in their neighborhood when the call of a bird leads them out into a field beyond their town. There, they find a baby lying alone atop a pile of stones—with a note pinned to her clothing. Mystified, Liam brings the baby home to his parents. They agree to take her in, but police searches turn up no sign of the baby’s parents. Finally they must surrender the baby to a foster family, who name her Allison. Visiting her in Northumberland, Liam meets Oliver, a foster son from Liberia who claims to be a refugee from the war there, and Crystal, a foster daughter. When Liam’s parents decide to adopt Allison, Crystal and Oliver are invited to her christening. There, Oliver tells Liam about how he will be slaughtered if he is sent back to Liberia. The next time Liam sees Crystal, it is when she and Oliver have run away from their foster homes, desperate to keep Oliver from being sent back to Liberia. In a cave where the two are hiding, Liam learns the truth behind Oliver’s dark past—and is forced to ponder what all children are capable of.

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Led to an abandoned baby by a raven, fourteen-year-old Liam seems fated to meet two foster children who have experienced the world's violence in very different ways as he struggles to understand war, family problems, and friends who grow apart.

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