The Foreshadowing by Marcus Sedgwick

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It is 1915 and the First World War has only just begun.

17 year old Sasha is a well-to-do, sheltered-English girl. Just as her brother Thomas longs to be a doctor, she wants to nurse, yet girls of her class don't do that kind of work. But as the war begins and the hospitals fill with young soldiers, she gets a chance to help. But working in the hospital confirms what Sasha has suspected--she can see when someone is going to die. Her premonitions show her the brutal horrors on the battlefields of the Somme, and the faces of the soldiers who will die. And one of them is her brother Thomas.

Pretending to be a real nurse, Sasha goes behind the front lines searching for Thomas, risking her own life as she races to find him, and somehow prevent his death.

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About Marcus Sedgwick

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Marcus Sedgwick is the author of White Crow and Revolver, which was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal in the UK and was named a Printz Honor book in the US. The author of eleven widely admired previous novels, he lives near Cambridge, England.
Published December 18, 2007 by Wendy Lamb Books. 306 pages
Genres: Young Adult, War, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, History. Fiction

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References to Cassandra, who knew what would befall Troy, help to make the awfulness of knowing the future less personal and more mythic.

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Threre she meets Hoodoo Jack, who can also foresee the future, and who helps her try and save Tom, even as he tries to convince Sasha that her vision will prevail.

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When her friend does die suddenly, and when Alexandra has ongoing visions of death and destruction --- visions that always prove accurate --- Alexandra's parents and brothers soon start to see her as a freak, refusing to acknowledge her gift.

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The Overflowing Library

In all honesty if you want a book about the horrors of the trenches, the impact of world war one on people left behind or the role of nurses in the war the are far better books out there to read.

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