The Bombs That Brought Us Together (Paperback)
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The Bombs That Brought Us Together (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 05/01/2017
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Shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award 2016

It was hard to remain silent. I tried. I really did, but my breathing kept getting louder as I gasped for clean air. My body was trembling, adding noise to the silence.

Fourteen-year-old Charlie Law has lived in Little Town, on the border with Old Country, all his life.

He knows the rules: no going out after dark; no drinking; no litter; no fighting. You don't want to get on the wrong side of the people who run Little Town.

When he meets Pavel Duda, a refugee from Old Country, the rules start to get broken. Then the bombs come, and the soldiers from Old Country, and Little Town changes for ever. Sometimes, to keep the people you love safe, you have to do bad things.

As Little Town's rules crumble, Charlie is sucked into a dangerous game. There's a gun, and a bad man, and his closest friend, and his dearest enemy. Charlie Law wants to keep everyone happy, even if it kills him. And maybe it will...

From the author of acclaimed children’s novel When Mr Dog Bites comes a story about war as seen through the eyes of those growing up in its shadow.

A perfect choice for readers of Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking trilogy, John Boyne and Malorie Blackman.

‘Punctuated with smatterings of hilarious off-piste humour, this aptly titled novel cleverly explores how love and friendship can blossom even in the face of profound personal and political turmoil.’ – The New Scotsman

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408855768
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 258 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A dark, powerful tale of survival, morality and loyalty * Scotsman *
A clever, entertaining and engaging piece of writing ... very carefully composed and gradually seducing its readers with its sense of fun, detail and, as appropriate, seriousness. -- Robert Dunbar * Irish Times *
The Bombs That Brought Us Together has all the warmth and humour of Mr Dog whilst also dealing with some pretty heavyweight issues, including immigration and cultural identity ... Phenomenal * Sarah Crossan *
I loved When Mr Dog Bites and have been wondering what he would do next. And it's utterly different. But equally remarkable ... * Bookbag *
In this novel Brian Conaghan shows us that he is absolute master at creating believable, funny, brave and vulnerable young male characters * School Librarian *
This accomplished new novel establishes him as a major talent. It's incredibly powerful and thought-provoking on big issues such as nationalism, war and refugees, and poses some challenging moral questions. It's also brilliantly funny with characters that you will really root for. * Editor's Choice, Bookseller *

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“Certainly topical....”

This book won the COSTA children's award in January 2017, I had also previously been drawn to the hardback cover so the COSTA win cemented the purchase for me. (Although not very keen on the paperback cover).... More

Hardback edition
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“Wow!”

What a great YA book! The author manages to catch a child's perception of war and their simplistic understanding on the political conflict and merge it into a well written, sophisticated story! A wonderful story... More

Hardback edition
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“Brilliant, Bold and powerful ”

A genuinely thought-provoking book, especially in the present global context. Charlie Law is a brilliant creation and his voice is authentic, never cliched, funny, and completely charming throughout. I was actually... More

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