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This is All
By Aidan Chambers

This is All

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This is All by Aidan Chambers

Book Description

Subtitled The Pillow Book of Cordelia Kenn this is the story of Cordelia from the time she is 15 until she is 20. She is pregnant and plans to give this account to her daughter on her 16th birthday so that they can share their youth together. She chooses the old and famous Japanese book, 'The Pillow Book' by Sei Shonagon, as a model in order to include all kinds of things she has already written as well as the episodes and thoughts she has now as she compiles her book. She tells of her mother (who died when Cordelia was 5) of her father and her aunt Doris (who marry when she is 16), of her love for William Blacklin, the boy with whom she chooses to have her first sex - and with whom she falls deeply in love. She writes about Julie Martin her teacher who helps her spiritually, describes her love affair with an older married man and her terrifying sexual experience with an unbalanced young man who is obsessed with her. The book includes thoughts on being a women, on poetry, music, reading and writing, on being pregnant and finally of her marriage to William. This Is All is an anthology, written in six 'books' of Cordelia's adolescent life, by turns funny, poignant, sad, exciting, fascinating ironic and truthful about topics that parents often do not tell their children. It is a richly entertaining and challenging read.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099417767
ISBN-10: 0099417766
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 129mm x 51mm)
Pages: 832
Imprint: Definitions
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
Publish Date: 4-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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This winner of the 2003 Michael Printz Award and the Carnegie Medal, told in dual narratives, takes the reader on a memorable voyage of discovery in a foreign city in the midst of war. This edition includes bonus materials and a new Foreword by the author.

Blindside by Aidan Chambers Blindside, Paperback (January 2015)

A tragic but ultimately uplifting story about one boy overcoming obstacles. Pete's a brilliant runner but his dreams of athletic stardom are shattered when he is in a horrific accident. Holed up in a hospital bed, Pete learns some life lessons from the people on the ward. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

Breaktime & Dance on My Grave by Aidan Chambers Breaktime & Dance on My Grave, Paperback (October 2014)

Ditto challenges Morgan to prove that literature is crap and triggers off a chain of events to alter his outlook of life forever. Ditto faces a series of charges from Morgan against literature: that all fiction is Done. Finished. Dead; a sham and a pretence.

Dying to Know You by Aidan Chambers Dying to Know You, Paperback (September 2013)

Karl enlists a famous writer to help him impress his girlfriend, Fiorella. She's asked him to write her a letter in which he reveals his true self. The writer agrees on the condition Karl submits to a series of interviews. Through these lively discussions Chambers creates an indelible portrait of a teenage boy discovering his own voice.

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Author Biography - Aidan Chambers

Aidan Chambers was born in County Durham in 1934. After national service in the Royal Navy he became a teacher and then, for seven years, a monk. His young adult novels have been widely acclaimed, with POSTCARDS FROM NO-MAN'S LAND winning the prestigious Carnegie Medal and the US Michael L Printz Award. With his wife Nancy he ran Signal magazine and he has served as the president of the School Library Association. His devoted services to children's literature were recognised by his receipt of the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2002.

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