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Random House, Aug 3, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 208 pages
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Martha is twelve - and very different from other kids, because of her parents. Strict members of a religious group - the Brethren - their rules dominate Martha's life. And one rule is the most important of all: she must never ever invite anyone home. If she does, their shameful secret - Abomination - could be revealed. But as Martha makes her first real friend in Scott, a new boy at school, she begins to wonder. Is she doing the right thing by helping to keep Abomination a secret? And just how far will her parents go to prevent the truth from being known?

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I Finished this book because I'm on the lookout for a book To read with my students and this seemed like a good choice. It has very good characters, an interesting story, though the ending left me a ... Read full review

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Yr 9 - Yr 10. Martha is different. She longs to have friends and to be accepted by her class-mates. But her parents belong to a strict religious group. They have rules that mean no computers, no TV ... Read full review

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ROBERT SWINDELLS left school at fifteen to work on a local newspaper. At seventeen, he joined the RAF for three years, then trained and worked as a teacher. Now a full-time writer, he is the author of a number of bestselling titles for the Random House children's list. In 1994 he won the Carnegie Medal for STONE COLD (Hamish Hamilton), a teenage novel about a serial killer.

RUBY TANYA won the Salford Children's Book Award 2005.

'Plots which grip the reader from the opening paragraph' THE SUNDAY TIMES

'Robert Swindells writes the kinds of books that are so scary you're afraid to turn the page' YOUNG TELEGRAPH

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