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Jun 16 2013

In too deep by Tom Avery

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Frances Lincoln, 2013. ISBN 978 1 84780 389 4.
(Age: 12+) Highly recommended. In Too Deep is the story of two brothers, Emmanuel and Prince, from the Democratic Republic of Congo. They are currently alone, living in foster care and in England. It is part 2 in the story and even though we don't know how they were separated from their family, the story gives hints and thoughts to help you understand. Imagine the brother's surprise when their mother turns up with a new baby sister and no idea where their father is! Life changes quickly for Emmanuel and Prince as they move in with their mum and get to know her again. For Prince, there is one question he needs an answer to - where is their dad? A heart-felt story of a young boy who tries to be happy but can't, of a father who will do anything for his family. I would highly recommend this to independent readers aged 12+ as it switches between what is happening in Tanzania (with the father), England (with the boys) and the past. The story is quite grown up and despite being set in England; it is still relevant to young Australian readers as they befriend refugees from across Africa. Some of the events in the story seem quite impossible but it is those moments that keep you wanting to read more.
Kylie Kempster

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