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Sarah Mussi


Hachette Childrens Books

Children's & Educational;
Thrillers (Children's&YA)


400 pages

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- I can't remember the last time I read such a heart-stopping novel - or one where the last two lines have so much impact! The pace is relentless and the story takes place over the course of one day. Leah is 16, the one who looks after her fractured family, and it's one ordinary Friday at school - or would be if it hadn't started with things going awry before she even arrived. Because she was late, she has detention. Because she is in the detention room, and not at general assembly, she doesn't witness a group of ninth graders arrive and start shooting. Because of this, she has a chance to escape. But this is a school in the near future, where the government has instituted a lock-down procedure for schools to prevent the reoccurrence of riots that had society in an uproar, so Leah can't leave the building. What follows is a tense day, where she has to outwit the armed students, try to convince the police that help is required, and go against the need for personal survival in order to help others. Worse still is the dreadful realisation her younger brother might be involved, and how can she protect him then? Guaranteed to be a powerful read: ages 14+ Lindy

By:   Sarah Mussi
Imprint:   Hachette Childrens Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 121mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   220g
ISBN:   9781444910087
ISBN 10:   1444910086
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   March 2013
Audience:   Young adult ,  Preschool (0-5)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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Sarah Mussi is an English woman who lived in Ghana for many years. She now lives in London and works as a secondary school teacher. Door of No Return won the Glen Dimplex New Writer's award for children's literature in 2007 was shortlisted for the Branford Boase.

Violent, shocking and thought-provoking, this powerful novel for older teenagers is set in the near future and addresses issues of love and personal responsibility, disadvantage and state control. Booktrust This is a fantastic piece of writing; powerful and compelling. A gripping thriller... underpinned with serious political content. Carousel

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