Raven is a deeply disturbed teenager, who, after witnessing the death of his mother, is placed in foster care. The Russells do their best to earn his trust, but only little Ella manages to get through to him. Meanwhile, at school, bullies are making his life a living hell. An unexpected companion comes in the form of Lotte, a classmate bored by her 'ordinary' friends.

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Publisher Bodley Head. The book is about a boy named Raven whose mother died a few years before and his father left him on his own. He gets new foster parents named Dan and Jackie and a foster sister named Ella.

He starts a new school where two boys bully him, but then he makes a friend called Lotte. Themes and Issues Loss and Friendship. Family relationships, love and grief.

Is it for me? I thought this book was well written and had a good plot. It showed exactly how the characters were feeling. Back to Catalyst I have read this book 3 times and everytime I read it, it gets even better. I just love to read more of Tabitha Suzumas books. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email.

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Share on:. Raven is a deeply unhappy teenager. Fresh from a children's home, where he has been since he witnessed the death of his mother, Raven is taciturn, sullen, isolated. His new foster family, the Russells, are earnest, hopeful and kindly people, but they are up against the blank brick wall of Raven's alienation. They try their best, but they fear that reaching Raven and forming any real connection with him is going to be an uphill struggle. At his new school, the usual bullies make Raven's life the usual misery. He retreats to his room as often as he can.


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No catches, no fine print just unadulterated book loving, with your favourite books saved to your own digital bookshelf. Tabitha Suzuma was born in and lives in London. She used to work as a primary school teacher and now divides her time between writing and tutoring. A Note of Madness is her first novel. The story was inspired by her sixteen-year-old brother Shin, a fantastic pianist and talented beatboxer , and her sister Thalia who has suffered from depression. She has just started on her third novel and is planning to write many more. Becoming a member of the LoveReading community is free.

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