Tamar by Mal Peet
A Novel of Espionage, Passion, and Betrayal

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Mal Peet's second novel is utterly unlike his first, Keeper, save in one respect: the quality of the writing. This sombre and distinguished book is as fine a piece of storytelling as you are likely to read this year.
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When her grandfather dies, Tamar inherits a box containing a series of clues and coded messages. Out of the past, another Tamar emerges, a man involved in the terrifying world of resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied Holland half a century before. His story is one of passionate love, jealousy, and tragedy set against the daily fear and casual horror of the Second World War — and unraveling it is about to transform Tamar’s life forever.
 

About Mal Peet

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MAL PEET grew up in Norfolk, England, where he says the only worthwhile pastimes were reading books and playing soccer. These are still his main interests. Of KEEPER, his first novel for young adults, he says, "Many soccer stories seem to get stuck in the mud like a heavy ball on a wet Saturday afternoon, but there's no reason why they can't shift into a different and magical dimension. KEEPER is about soccer, of course, but it's also about the supernatural, about relationships and loneliness, about believing in yourself-and about having something you would do your utmost to protect and defend." Mal Peet now lives in Devon, England.
 
Published December 7, 2010 by Candlewick. 434 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, War, History. Fiction
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All: 7 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
on May 20 2010

Readers will be torn: They’ll want to slow down and savor the gorgeously detailed prose, but speed up to find out what happens next. Simply superb.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Jan Mark on Oct 15 2005

Mal Peet's second novel is utterly unlike his first, Keeper, save in one respect: the quality of the writing. This sombre and distinguished book is as fine a piece of storytelling as you are likely to read this year.

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Teen Reads

Excellent
Reviewed by Sarah A. Wood on Jan 23 2007

TAMAR is not the first novel to be written about spies during WWII, but it is one of the few written for a young adult audience and is one of the best novels on the subject for readers of any age.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Katrina Van Amsterdam on May 14 2007

...one climactic moment when everything you thought you knew about Tamar is changed. This is truly a book that you cannot and will not want put down.

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Things Mean a Lot

Good
Reviewed by Ana S. on Jun 23 2010

Tamar isn’t a novel with a twist; not exactly. It’s rather a novel in which the truth gradually changes shape and redefines itself.

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Reading Rants

Above average
on Sep 16 2007

Friends, I loved this epic story, but I’m not going to lie, it was a struggle to get into. Clocking in at just over 400 pages, it takes a while to get going. But those last hundred pages make the initial slog through the first hundred all worth it.

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Good
on Oct 03 2010

I felt a real mixture of feelings – anger, sad, but also happy and hopeful. I can’t go into too much detail as it would give far too much away. So you will just have to read it to find out! But it really is a book that will stay with me for many years to come.

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