Aidan Chambers’ Carnegie-medal winning novel is about love, discovery and betrayal. It is one of The Originals from Penguin – iconic, outspoken, first. Jacob, aged 17, is abroad on his own for the time, visiting his grandfather’s grave at the commemoration of the Second World War Battle of Arnhem in Holland.
Jacob’s life-changing experiences are interwoven with the extraordinary wartime story of passion and treachery that he learns from Geertrui, whose family is linked to Jacob’s in a way he never suspected. The Originals are the pioneers of fiction for young adults. From political awakening, war and unrequited love to addiction, teenage pregnancy and nuclear holocaust, The Originals confront big issues and articulate difficult truths.