Annie is a sixteen year old Norwegian teenager, who moved to England four years ago. She had not settled well in her English school, her classmates had not made her feel welcome, nicknaming her ‘Viking’ and she does not feel like she fits in or belongs and wants to return to Norway. Annie has become isolated and a loner, only connecting with the poetry written in World War I by a soldier who tragically lost his life in the war aged 19, she also goes to visit a World War I veteran in a nursing home.
When a boy from Annie’s class commits suicide, Annie is shocked and even though she did not like the boy after talking to Grant’s friend Lee they become convinced there is more to Grant’s death than is known. Together they look for the evidence to put the pieces together to find out the truth behind Grant’s death.
This is a very moving and emotional story that is beautifully written. The issues raised in this story are written in a sensitive and realistic way. This is a YA book and the content of the story is only suitable for older teenagers and adults. Although aimed at the YA reader, adults too would find this a remarkable read, I did.
Carol Hedges is a British author of books for teenagers and young adults. Her writing has received much critical acclaim. She has one grown up daughter, and lives in Hertfordshire.
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