Sisterland by Linda Newbery

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When Hilly’s grandmother becomes ill with Alzheimer’s disease, her family is turned upside down by revelations from her life during World War II.

Hilly’s German grandmother, HeidiGran, comes to live with her family after she gets Alzheimer’s disease. As her mind becomes more muddled, secrets buried in her past start to emerge. Why does HeidiGran keep talking about a girl named Rachel? And why does she make racist remarks about Hilly’s friend, Ruben? As Hilly struggles to cope with revelations about her family’s past, she encounters racism and prejudice for herself when a friend becomes the victim of a mindless attack.

This evocative and deftly told novel explores prejudice and its effects on multiple generations in one family.

From the Hardcover edition.

About Linda Newbery

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Linda Newbery, winner of the prestigious Costa Award for Children's Literature, effortlessly mixes the old with the new, the past with the present, tragedy with triumph in this hauntingly beautiful novel.Linda Newbery is the acclaimed author of "At the Firefly Gate," S"isterland," "The Shell House," and S"et in Stone," winner of the Costa Award for children's literature. She lives in Northamptonshire with her husband and three cats. "From the Hardcover edition.
Published December 18, 2007 by Laurel Leaf. 384 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Seventeen-year-old Hilly’s grandmother, Heidigran, has Alzheimer’s and moves in with Hilly’s family.

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The Guardian

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So by the time Hilly finds out that she is "a quarter Jewish" (according to orthodox Jewish law she is in fact fully Jewish because Jewishness is passed through the female line) she has a contemporary dilemma to face: how can she reconcile visiting her grandmother's newly discovered, Holocaust-su...

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Publishers Weekly

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Set in contemporary England, Newbery's (The Shell House ) complicated novel deals with such big topics as racism, Alzheimer's disease, adultery and the Ki

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I found myself completely absorbed by Hilly's search for, and her family's transformation by, HeidiGran's truth.

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