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Cherry Heaven Hardcover – February 5, 2008
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An exciting and convincing narrative which raises important questions about human rights and individual freedoms. School Librarian Powerful, thought-provoking material. Booktrust Children's Books 'a convincingly told and gripping story' TES Original and beguiling. Love Reading This multifaceted novel's chilling portrayal of gene wars, slavery and prejudice will haunt readers long after the book is finished. But it is also a skilfully crafted mystery, slowly mounting up evidence towards a heart-stopping climax. Voya This is an exciting and convincing narrative which raises important questions about human rights and individual freedoms. School Librarian Part SF, part mystery, this is a compelling tale of life on another planet where intolerance still elads to discrimination and violence. Kliatt In this complex, absorbing, and sometimes disquieting novel, Adlington creates a world that is distinctly different from our own, yet chillingly familiar. Starred Review, Books for Youth PRAISE FOR THE DIARY OF PELLY D '... catches you by the throat and it doesn't let you go even when you have read the last paragraph. This is a brilliant example of storytelling at its most seductive ... a fastpaced, utterly absorbing novel that is hard to put down ...' Sunday Morning Post, John Millen L J Adlington's spare and concise voice brings Pelly D vividly to life ... will intrigue and grip from the first diary entry to the open-ended and chilling conclusion. Pocklington Post Written in the breathless, racy style of a young teenager, Pelly's diaries just keep you reading ... It gives an old theme a fresh twist ... York Evening Press ... a clever, unusual story that readers looking for something different will find captivating. The book reveals its secrets slowly with maximum impact. South China Morning Post Adlington has crafted an original and disturbing dystopian fantasy told in a smart and sympathetic teen voice. Booklist This book is one thing: amazing. Voya 'In this powerful debut novel, Adlington deftly sketches in the background to Pelly D's increasingly totalitarian world, whilst allowing her sparky heroine centre stage.' Books for Keeps September 05 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
L. J. Adlington is the author of The Diary of Pelly D, which was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She graduated from Cambridge University, and has lived and worked in Japan and Spain. She now lives in York, England, where she teaches hands-on history lessons for museums, schools, and historical sites.
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But to Kat J., something's just not right. No one will talk about her new home's previous owners, and who is this mysterious Oklear F, and what did he do that is so unspeakable, people still shudder about it ten years later? Is racism really as nonexistent as people would like to think? Is everything really as heavenly as it seems?
I had a little trouble getting into this one, but once I did, I had to keep reading. It just sucks you in. The ideas and customs are drastically different from what we're used to, so it was definitely fascinating. The prequel, The Diary of Pelly D isn't necessary to understand the plot, but it may be helpful. Readers will admire the strong protagainists and appreciate the little mysteries sprinkled throughout the course of the story.
Kat and Tanka Jones moved from City Five to the New Frontier with their adoptive parents in the hopes of having a new beginning. Things start out perfectly, until they delve into the history behind the estate they just moved into, Cherry Heaven. They learn about the Papillon family, and their fate at the hands of Oklear Foster.
But not everything is as it seems. People have lied or failed to speak up with the truth.
The alternate narrations between the Jones sisters and Luka P eventually intertwine as their lives and stories do. Some themes in Cherry Heaven are honesty and the lengths people will go through to gain power.
I think the story idea and the characters are very original, and the setting too. And it's long too, almost 500 pages. It was such a great story that I read it in a few days and then immediately reread it.
I would definitely recommend this book. If you read this and like it, you also might want to check out The Diary of Pelly D, also by L.J. Adlington.
Everyone left Earth because of all the fighting and destruction of the planet. All these people left for a better chance at life, but they've forgotten their past mistakes.
Kat and Tanka move to the New Frontier with their foster parents ten years after the war killed their real parents. The New Frontier is taking giant leaps in equality for everyone, keeping peace, and helping to rebuild this world.
Unfortunately, there's a secret behind the equality and it's about to be exposed.
CHERRY HEAVEN, the companion novel to The Diary of Pelly D, will open your eyes towards war and give new meaning to the word hope.
Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel