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Ruby Tanya

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Yes, the book spells everything out and is sometimes rather predictable, but it’s still a moving tale of friendship, and it tackles issues of greed and racism, showing how easily a community can be swept off its feet by a few loudmouths. And seeing the events from Asra’s and Ruby’s perspectives in turn helps keep up the suspense.


  • SHORTLISTED Hampshire Book Award 2001


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  • The Shade of Hettie Daynes (Corgi 2008) Hettie's ghost appears to Bethan and her brother - but why?
  • Wrecked (Puffin 2001) teenagers take to drinking.
  • BLACKMAN, Malorie: The Noughts&Crosses Series (Random 2001ff.) black vs white but this time the white people are the underdogs.
  • MARTIN, S. I: Jupiter Williams (Hodder 2007) black communities in the London of 1800; and rich Jupiter has to look for his brother among the poor.
  • Hairspray (1988) dancing and racism in the early 60ies; remake 2007.
  • FAST, Howard: The Immigrants (I Books 1997)