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Berlie Doherty

Forfatter af Street Child

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Værker af Berlie Doherty

Street Child (1993) 261 eksemplarer
Dear Nobody (1992) 254 eksemplarer
Fairy Tales (2000) 205 eksemplarer
The Girl Who Saw Lions (2007) 117 eksemplarer
The Snake-Stone (1995) 98 eksemplarer
Granny Was a Buffer Girl (1986) 86 eksemplarer
Children of Winter (1985) 78 eksemplarer
Spellhorn (1989) 76 eksemplarer
Daughter of the Sea (1996) 76 eksemplarer
Deep Secret (2003) 52 eksemplarer
Holly Starcross (2002) 45 eksemplarer
Tales of Wonder and Magic (1997) 45 eksemplarer
Snowy (1979) 42 eksemplarer
White Peak Farm (1984) 41 eksemplarer
Paddiwak and Cozy (1988) 40 eksemplarer
The Magic Bicycle (1995) 37 eksemplarer
Coconut Comes to School (2002) 36 eksemplarer
The Company of Ghosts (2013) 36 eksemplarer
The Famous Adventures of Jack (2000) 36 eksemplarer
Treason (2011) 35 eksemplarer
Sailing Ship Tree (1998) 31 eksemplarer
Willa and Old Miss Annie (1994) 28 eksemplarer
The Goblin Baby (2009) 26 eksemplarer
Tricky Nelly's Birthday Treat (2003) 25 eksemplarer
The Vinegar Jar (1994) 24 eksemplarer
The Midnight Man (1998) 23 eksemplarer
Our Field (1996) 23 eksemplarer
The Nutcracker (2002) 22 eksemplarer
Old Father Christmas (1993) 20 eksemplarer
Tilly Mint Tales (1984) 20 eksemplarer
Rumpelstiltskin (2003) 19 eksemplarer
Sleeping Beauty (2003) 19 eksemplarer
Tough Luck (Lions) (1989) 19 eksemplarer
The Wild Swans (2003) 18 eksemplarer
Beauty and the Beast (2003) 18 eksemplarer
The Starburster (2004) 17 eksemplarer
The Frog Prince (2003) 17 eksemplarer
Aladdin (2003) 16 eksemplarer
Jinnie Ghost (2005) 16 eksemplarer
Cinderella (2003) 16 eksemplarer
Rapunzel (2003) 13 eksemplarer
Running on Ice (Contents) (1997) 13 eksemplarer
Jeannie of White Peak Farm (2003) 12 eksemplarer
Snow White (2003) 12 eksemplarer
Requiem (1991) 11 eksemplarer
Hansel And Gretel (2003) 11 eksemplarer
The Three Princes (2011) 10 eksemplarer
The Windspinner (2008) 10 eksemplarer
The Golden Bird (Yellow bananas) (1995) 9 eksemplarer
The Humming Machine (2006) 9 eksemplarer
A Beautiful Place for a Murder (2008) 8 eksemplarer
How Green You Are! (1983) 7 eksemplarer
Wild Cat (Collins Big Cat) (2012) 5 eksemplarer
Walking on Air (1993) 5 eksemplarer
Bella's Den (Yellow bananas) (1997) 5 eksemplarer
Oxford Book of Bible Stories (2007) 5 eksemplarer
Profond secret (2006) 5 eksemplarer
Blue John (2003) 3 eksemplarer
The Haunted Hills (2022) 2 eksemplarer
Unsere Wiese 2 eksemplarer
Dear Nobody {play} 2 eksemplarer
Contes màgics (2002) 2 eksemplarer
Street Child (Plays Plus) (2008) 2 eksemplarer

Associated Works

Haunted: Ghost Stories to Chill Your Blood (2011) — Bidragyder — 31 eksemplarer
The Young Oxford Book of Nightmares (2000) — Bidragyder — 23 eksemplarer
Ghostly Haunts (1994) — Bidragyder — 19 eksemplarer
Mirrors: Sparkling New Stories from Prize-Winning Authors (2001) — Bidragyder — 12 eksemplarer
Beware! Beware!: Chilling Tales (1989) — Bidragyder — 6 eksemplarer
Cold Feet (Lightning) (1989) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar

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Representation: Black, Asian and biracial (half Black and half white, half Black and half Asian) characters
Trigger warnings: Adoption, physical and terminal illness, death of parents and children from a contagion, grief and loss depiction
Score: Five points out of ten.
I own this book.

Where do I begin with this one? This book was one amongst many that was part of a library giveaway, and initially, it looked promising, until the low ratings and reviews lowered my expectations. I burned through other fictional works I owned, then I picked up this one and read it. When I finished it, it was a perfect example of how not to write a diverse story, since a white author wrote about a Black character. Abela is inaccurate at best, and blackface and cultural appropriation at worst.

It starts with the first two characters I see, Abela, the titular one who is Black, and Rosa who is biracial. Abela lived in an impoverished Tanzanian village infected with HIV/AIDS. Many people have died already, including some on the page, most likely for shock value and exaggerated and glorified trauma rather than anything meaningful. A few pages later, I see Rosa's perspective with her white mother, and that's where the flaws surface: the characters are hard to connect or relate with, even though Abela went through hardship to find a foster family after her biological parents succumbed to HIV/AIDS. The narrative is too disjointed because it switches between POVs every second chapter (sometimes that can work, but since Abela and Rosa are in different locations for most of it, that device ruins my enjoyment.)

Abela first resides at her social worker's house, but she is abusive so she has to move to another house with white people which didn't work out that well. This time the family is British Nigerian (wow, that's her third foster family) and again, subtle cultural differences prevent her from staying there. Rosa's mother considered adding an adoptive child to her family, much to Rosa's chagrin. Rosa once had an adoptive brother whose name I forgot, but his biological father wanted him back despite the circumstances, much to her shock. The conclusion occurred in the final pages where Abela stayed at Rosa and Rosa's mother's house, making that her fourth foster family, but that only felt like white saviourism at this point. Couldn't the author make it that Abela stayed at a British Tanzanian family's house instead? A Black author would've done a better job.
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Law_Books600 | 6 andre anmeldelser | Jan 17, 2024 |
Querido Nadie, el futuro hijo de la joven Helen, se transforma paulatinamente en el invisible culpable de sus contradicciones y en el único destinatario de un manojo de cartas que, a modo de pesadilla, retratan paso a paso la pérdida de sus ilusiones.
Natt90 | 4 andre anmeldelser | Mar 30, 2023 |
I bought Abela over a year ago, and read the first chapter, then due to many factors I put it to one side to read lots of other books in between. I returned to it only yesterday and have just put it down now. What a beautiful book. It is one of those few perfectly formed, eloquently written and superbly characterized books that you struggle to put down and will stay in your mind for days to come.

The themes of love, loss and security are universal, but the story itself is a unique one that explores topics of adoption, trafficking, illegal immigration and even FGM. It is narrated from both protagonists' points of view - 13 year old Rosa in Sheffield, and 9 year old Abela first in Tanzania and then in England, with Abela eventually being adopted by Rosa's mother, Jen. There is a special poignancy in the way that Abela's childlike fears, hopes and perspectives are contrasted with the adult way of looking at things, and I was moved to tears at times.… (mere)
Katherine_Blessan | 6 andre anmeldelser | Jan 5, 2022 |
A fantastic selection of folktales and gorgeous illustrations to accompany them.
bookwyrmqueen | Oct 25, 2021 |



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