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Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014

Be transported to the light-dark heart of English summer. Barley fields turn to blood as farmers and travellers clash. A moving and beautiful book about the summer that changed one girl’s life, as her mum leaves home, travellers set up camp in the family field, her older brother goes off the rails, and she falls in love for the very first time. The book opens with a funeral. Iris is mourning the boy in the casket – but who is it? Sam, her tearaway brother? Trick, her tentative boyfriend? Over one long hot summer, we find out how a clash of two worlds has turned three young lives upside down…

“Brilliantly visual and full of feeling.” Guardian

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.9; Upper years; 8.0 points

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  • 288 pages


UK edition


  1. Niamh, aged 13, Book Club Review Team
    on 5 June 2013

    Adored this book!

    I absolutely adored this book! I fell in love with Iris and Trick and I could've sworn I could feel exactly what they felt. I loved the idea of the story line and the way it was written allowed me to get into it so easily. I found myself not being able to put the book down and as I got to the final page I sort of wished it didn't have to end. I would recommend this book especially to anyone who likes romance with a bit of tragedy and I know people will love this book as much as I did!

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