Sadie is Protestant, Kevin is Catholic - and on the tense streets of Belfast their lives collide. It starts with a dare - kids fooling around - but soon becomes something dangerous. Getting to know Sadie Jackson will change Kevin's life forever. But will the world around them change too? This is the first of Joan Lingard's ground-breaking Kevin and Sadie books.
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(198mm x 129mm x 7mm)
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Though its hard at this point to take the troubles in Belfast so lightly or to accept Joan Lingard's happy ending, her brisk drama of youthful Catholic-Protestant street scrapping gives American readers an inside view of the conflict from both sides of the dividing "main road." The grim foreign setting is concrete and unmistakable yet the thrills of beleaguered amity and militant enmity, the almost wartime excitement that builds up as King Billy's Day approaches, are as familiar as the cokes and jeans that are mentioned in passing along with chips and queues and bob-a-job errands. Among the children involved in mutual baiting, the territorial spirit burns most imperatively in Sadie Jackson, a Prod and "holy terror" who plans to march as drum majorette in the Orangemen's parade, and in Catholic Kevin McCoy whose "act of provocation" (slapping green paint over King Billy's picture on the Jacksons' wall) sets off a series of retaliatory invasions of each other's neighborhoods and homes. The raids and insults culminate on the eve of the Twelfth in a rock-throwing battle and in a near-fatal injury to Kevin's pacifist sister Brede; it is Brede's narrow escape that brings the Jackson and McCoy children suddenly and improbably together - but as a real life solution is not in sight you can hardly blame the author for her unconvincing ending. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Joan Lingard
Joan Lingard was born in Edinburgh and grew up in Belfast where she lived until she was eighteen. She is particularly well-known for her quintet of young adult titles about Kevin and Sadie and their love across the religious divide during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. The series begins with THE TWELFTH DAY OF JULY. In 1998 Joan was awarded an MBE for distinguished service to children's literature. She lives in Edinburgh and is married, with three children and five grandchildren.