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Book Title: Across The Barricades|
The author of the book: Joan Lingard
ISBN 13: 9780435122034
Edition: Heinemann Library
Date of issue: September 1st 2009
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The Kevin and Sadie’s series is based around two teenagers living in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during a time where there is great tension between the protestants and catholics living in the area, aka ‘The Troubles’. Kevin and Sadie used to be enemies but now at 17 and 18 years old, they meet again and end up falling in love at a time when no-one wants them to be together.
This is a book series I originally read as a child and I was really happy to see it up as an audiobook in my library’s e-services. It was fantastic getting back into the story and remembering the finer details of Kevin and Sadie’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ story that I had forgotten. This was narrated by Gerard Murphy who did a great job and I loved that he was also Northern Irish so everyone’s accents were correct, and I also find that accent to be extremely soothing and nice to listen to so bonus points. This is marketed as a series for children aged 10+ which I do find a bit odd as Kevin and Sadie are teenagers and the series does go on to explore their eventual marriage and family life but as a kid this didn’t bother me at all so I guess it was all okay then and all okay now.
This is a book that looks finely at the tensions during The Troubles - a time when a Catholic boy couldn’t walk out with a Protestant girl without getting beat up. Kevin and Sadie have to live with violence every single day and the reader is with them as their tolerance grows less and less with the way they’re forced to live and hide their relationship. Kevin has to work hard to not be forced into doing violent things he doesn’t want to do and not become involved with old schoolfriends being involved with the IRA, or IRA activities. Sadie’s father is in the Orange Order, and her own brother has to constantly explain to others why he himself doesn’t want to join up as he is also sick of violence.
I was sad near the end of the book as I had forgotten one of the things that did happen and it is quite heartbreaking. But I’m definitely going to reread the rest of the series as I had forgotten how much I loved it.
Note: This is technically the second book in the series but I actually think it can be read as the first, as the first is a bit of a prequel from when they were children and you more or less find out what happens in that one in Across the Barricades.
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Read information about the authorJoan Lingard was born in Edinburgh, in the Old Town, but grew up in Belfast where she lived until she was 18. She attended Strandtown Primary and then got a scholarship into Bloomfied Collegiate. She has three daughters and five grandchildren, and now lives in Edinburgh with her Canadian husband.
Lingard has written novels for both adults and children. She is probably most famous for the teenage-aimed Kevin and Sadie series, which have sold over one million copies and have been reprinted many times since.
Her first novel Liam's Daughter was an adult-orientated novel published in 1963. Her first children's novel was The Twelfth Day of July (the first of the five Kevin and Sadie books) in 1970.
Lingard received the prestigious West German award the "Buxtehuder Bulle" in 1986 for Across the Barricades. Tug of War has also received great success: shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 1989, The Federation of Children's Book Group Award 1989, runner up in the Lancashire Children's Book Club of the year 1990 and shortlisted for the Sheffield Book Award. In 1998, her book Tom and the Tree House won the Scottish Arts Council Children's Book Award. Her most recent novel, What to Do About Holly was released in August 2009.
Lingard was awarded an MBE in 1998 for services to children's literature.
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