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Young Adult Fiction Europe

Torn Away

by (author) James Heneghan

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Oct 2003
Europe, Orphans & Foster Homes, Emigration & Immigration
Recommended Age
Recommended Grade
8 to 12
Recommended Reading age
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    Publish Date
    Oct 2003
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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?

About the author

A former fingerprint specialist with the Vancouver Police Department, James Heneghan has won numerous awards for his books for young readers, including the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Award three times for Flood, Wish Me Luck and The Grave. James lives in North Vancouver, British
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  • Commended, American Library Association (ALA) Best Books for Young Adults
  • Short-listed, Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) Top Forty

Editorial Reviews

"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."


"This novel kept me entertained the entire time..."

The Alan Review

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