After Tomorrow by Gillian Cross – review | Books | The Guardian
Shelves: middle-years-books, relationships, ya-reads, dystopian-fiction . I felt a small sense of dread which I was hoping would grow but instead I ended up .. After Tomorrow by Gillian Cross is a gripping book about a family who face their. Feb 4, Writing reality: Gillian Cross on After Tomorrow I'd written about the French President closing his country's borders to British refugees from the. May 10, Gillian Cross's seamlessly-plotted page-turner takes place in a The premise of Gillian Cross's dystopian novel for young adults, After Tomorrow, is a little is under threat by making a year-end gift to support The Guardian.
There is a chilling logic in the inexorable train of events that ensue: In this new Britain, families either go hungry, or live in fear of armed raiders carrying off what food they have.
For some, the only solution is to leave Albion's shores behind. There is a wonderfully symbolic scene in which useless bank notes catch light on a bonfire and are blown away, spreading destruction wherever they land.
Cross's focus, however, is less on the big picture than on the individuals caught up in this social catastrophe. Matt tells the story.
His family have already lost a father and a grandfather to the raiders. Matt's mother soldiers on, remarries and grows vegetables to eat and barter with. The camp is a testing ground for character. Some cope better than others.
There are those who make nettle soup for the whole camp, and there are those who despair and curl up in their tents.
Will things never be good again? Ironically, it is Bob, a streetwise "fixer" with dubious values, who galvanises the refugees into action. When he looks in the mirror he gets the shock of his life! How is it possible that Alex has become another boy — a boy who everyone calls Philip?
And how have six whole months passed overnight? A riveting psychological thriller by a brilliant new voice in children's books. Things are not looking good for Zoe.
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Her stepmother Sheila is so lazy she gets Zoe to pick her nose for her. The school bully Tina Trotts makes her life a misery — mainly by flobbing on her head. And guess what he wants to do with it? An apocalyptic blend of riotous comedy, heart-stopping action and a richly imagined fantasy adventure. Palacio 'My name is August.
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I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.
He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside.
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But ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren't stared at wherever they go. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life.
Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it.