Torn Away

  • Pages:256
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:relocation, war, refugee, death of family, grief
  • Pub Date:10/01/2003
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 12+
  • Lexile:730L
  • ATOS:4.5
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Thirteen-year-old Declan lives only for revenge. His mother, father and sister were all killed on the streets of Belfast, and Declan will stop at nothing to settle the score. When he is torn away from his native soil and sent to live with relatives in Canada, he is disgusted by their efforts to welcome him into their lives, and determined to make them regret their hospitality. Can he devise a plan to return to Ireland and rejoin his cause? Or will the strange beauty of his new life and surroundings weaken his resolve?
"This novel kept me entertained the entire time..."
– The Alan Review
"A recommended read for the way it deals with the very real internal struggle to overcome violence as a way of life."
– The Observer
"Historically, this book is an eye-opener."
ALA Best Books for Young Adults   | 2003  |  Long-listed
PSLA Top Forty   | 2003  |  Short-listed