Jackdaw Summer

Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

Review

It seems fate leads Liam to find an abandoned baby and as a result his life becomes entwined with that of Oliver, an African boy seeking asylum and Crystal, an emotionally damaged girl.

Acknowledging the connection between them, Liam helps them to escape the authorities who would deport Oliver. Liam learns about the horrors of real war, of young lives abused and families destroyed. The mock savagery of his games overflows into an anger that is too much for him to bear.

Friendship, loyalty and truth are explored through a cast of complex characters in this compelling story. While often tense, it ends on a note of hope.

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