by Lisa O'Donnell - £8.99 Cornerstone (Windmill Books) (2014)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780099559160 | ISBN 10: 0099559161
A powerful tale of love, the loss of innocence and the importance of family in difficult times by the acclaimed author of The Death of Bees, winner of the Commonwealth Book Prize 2013.
ĎThere are no strangers in Rothesay, Michael. Everyone knows who you are and always will. Itís a blessing but itís also a curse.í
Eleven-year-old Michael Murray is the best at two things: keepy-uppies and keeping secrets. His family think heís too young to hear grown-up stuff, but he listens at doors; itís the only way to find out anything. And Michaelís heard a secret, one that might explain the bruises on his motherís face.
When the whispers at home and on the street become too loud to ignore, Michael begins to wonder if there is an even bigger secret he doesnít know about. Scared of what might happen if anyone finds out, and desperate for life to return to normal, Michael sets out to piece together the truth. But he also has to prepare for the upcoming talent show, keep an eye out for Dirty Alice, his arch-nemesis from down the street, and avoid eating Grannyís watery stew.
Closed Doors is the startling new novel from the acclaimed author of The Death of Bees. It is a vivid evocation of the fears and freedoms of childhood in the 1980s and a powerful tale of love, the loss of innocence and the importance of family in difficult times.
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