Artichoke Hearts by Sita Brahmachari

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Whoever you are, this book probably contains something you want to read about and it definitely contains something that you should.
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Twelve-year-old Mira comes from a chaotic, artistic and outspoken family where it’s not always easy to be heard. As her beloved Nana Josie's health declines, Mira begins to discover the secrets of those around her, and also starts to keep some of her own. She is drawn to mysterious Jide, a boy who is clearly hiding a troubled past and has grown hardened layers - like those of an artichoke - around his heart. As Mira is experiencing grief for the first time, she is also discovering the wondrous and often mystical world around her.

An incredibly insightful, honest novel exploring the delicate balance, and often injustice, of life and death - but at its heart is a celebration of friendship, culture - and life.

Winner of the 2011 Waterstone's Children's Book Prize.

 

About Sita Brahmachari

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Sita Brahmachari was born in Derby in 1966 to an Indian doctor from Kolkata and an English nurse from the Lake District. She has a BA in English Literature and an MA in Arts Education. Her many projects and writing commissions have been produced in theatres, universities, schools and community groups throughout Britain and America. Sita lives and works in North London with her husband, three children and a temperamental cat.
 
Published January 21, 2011 by Macmillan Children's Books. 336 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction
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Reviewed by The Snork Maiden on May 09 2012

Whoever you are, this book probably contains something you want to read about and it definitely contains something that you should.

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