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'will give readers insight into life during the Second World War and will appeal to readers of 10+ who enjoy mystery or historical fiction'
School Librarian Magazine
Yola's leg is blown off by a landmine and her life in Africa is changed forever. When Yola travels to Ireland to be fitted with an artificial leg and meets seventeen-year-old Fintan, she little realises that they will soon be involved in an international arms intrigue, and an adventure that will bring them both close to death.
Green Flag: For readers aged 12+. Young adult fiction
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Chapter One: The Cinnamon Tree
Chapter Two: The Night Mirror
The Author Speaks
About Katie's War:
A Writer's Jigsaw
The issue of landmines in ex-warzones
Peter Pan Nearly Grounded
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Praise for The Cinnamon Tree
'This powerful story, set largely in a fictional Africal state resembling Angola, takes a strong anti-war stance. From a dramatic opening chapter in which 14-year-old Yola loses her leg in a landmine explosion, through to the tense final pages ... It tackles difficult and complex issues with unflinching rigour. Characters and readers alike are forced to examine the attitude of supposedly peaceful nations and individuals to the arms trade, ineluctably drawn to the conclusion that it is not enough for good men to do nothing.' Kate Agnew, The Guardian
'A thought-provoking book which addresses the issue of illegal arms trading with the West, and also demonstrates how adversity can lead to empowerment.' Book Fest 2000
'Aubrey Flegg, who recently won the Peter Pan Prize 2000 for his first book, Katie's War, has again come up with a very likeable heroine in The Cinnamon Tree.' Margrit Cruickshank, The Irish Times
'Yola's adventures in Africa and Ireland read like a thriller - there's just
so much going on in this beautifully written story.' Mary Finn, RTE Guide
'The Cinnamon Tree is a really good book. I would recommend it to anyone' Caoimhe
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