When Cassina is blown-up by a suicide bomber in a station in England, life, as she knows it, is over. Except that she doesn't die. And - miraculously - neither does the bomber. Cassina survives as something that can live in the heads of humans, knowing their thoughts but powerless to change them. Cassina ends up in a variety of minds - her mum's, her dad's, a mad old lady's, a bigot's - but most scarily of all, she ends up in the head of the man who murdered her. It's an experience that challenges every single one of her beliefs and preconceptions, that terrifies her and frustrates her but, most of all, that changes her. Can it change him too...? This is Cassina's story, in her voice - a voice that will grip you and goad you, make you laugh and make you cry. It is a voice you will never forget.
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Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award for Feather Boy.From School Library Journal:
Grade 8 Up—Cassina Dixon, 13, has just died, along with her younger sister, in the terrorist bombing of an English subway station. Unlike her sister, Cassina has transformed into a mist cloud and exists in the realm of the not-quite-living as a para-spirit who must remain moist by lodging herself in the brain cavity of a living host. She enters the brain of the suicide bomber himself, thus embarking on his emotional journey as he contemplates his actions and his faith (a sect of the fictional T'lanni religion) and is persuaded by a fellow terrorist to plot another attack. Along the way she meets other para-spirits and grapples as a Christian with notions of God, religion, belief, and the limits of interfaith understanding. The novel raises timely, relevant ideas, and offers a Christian perspective on a youth struggling to make sense of current events. Unfortunately, the power of Singer's bold ambition is muddied by the book's supernatural elements (she also introduces immortals and a purgatory in which all dead must learn to love each other), and her creation of a fictional Middle Eastern religion almost caricatures the religion of terrorist (and non-terrorist) groups so present in today's world. The lack of consistency in the narrative perspective also detracts from what might have been a thought-provoking, topical read.—Riva Pollard, formerly at The Winsor School Library, Boston
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Descripción Holiday House, 2007. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0823420825
Descripción Holiday House, 2007. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0823420825
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