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by Robert Swindells (more about Robert Swindells) 192/119 first published 1998
Real Life Drama for ages 10 to 14 published by Corgi Yearling
Available from:  Amazon.co.uk
* £3.99, Usually dispatched within 2-3 days
Mrs Mad's humble opinion
9/10 Very good. I am pleased with this.
What's it about?
Martha has a terrible secret, nobody must ever find out about. It's called Abomination!
What happens?
Martha and her parents are members of a strict religious group. It dominates her life, they have no t.v. or computer and Martha is kept away from most of the things other twelve year olds are familiar with. At school she is bullied because of her differences but will do nothing to stop the other children. Her only hope is that one day when she is older she will be able to escape from both school and her parents!
Is it easy to read?
Easily read, but definitely for older children as the subject matter is of an adult nature.
Anything else?
A powerful novel, which looks at several issues such as religious sects, intolerance , child abuse, bullying and the tensions in families. Swindells builds up the tension with slow deliberation and it is with horror that the reader gradually becomes aware of the truth about the secrets Martha's family are keeping. There are a lot of things here which make the reader think and it is clear to see that this is not just some story, but a thought provoking book, well worth reading. I really enjoyed it.
Other books by Robert Swindells include A Wish For Wings, Inside the Worm, Invisible!, Nightmare Stairs, Room 13, Stone Cold, The Last Bus, The Thousand Eyes of Night, Timesnatch.
Who says so?
This review by Mrs Mad.
The publisher reckons...
Martha is 12, and very different from other children. Her parents are strict members of a religious group and their rules dominate her life. She must never invite anyone home, or their shameful secret, the Abomination, could be revealed. The tale focuses on the rights of a child and child abuse.
And what do you think?
Guy Ingham, St Andrews School, Eastbourne
I thought it was a sort of interesting book which was scary as well as exciting.I wish there was another book which followed it up, so we could now how Martha lived with her sister.
John Warner, Thomas Telford School
It starts with a quite little girl called Martha and she gets teased by everyone because she is diffrent to everyone because of her parents. Her parents dont hava atelevision or a computer but the only thing they have she can use is the radio and she is n
Susan Harrison, Amazon.co.uk
Martha, the youngest daughter of fanatically religious parents, is all too aware that her family is unusual. Taunted and bullied at school, and lonely at home with only postcards from her elder sister to keep her sane, Martha knows there has to be some ot
jessica, hillsbrough
it was very exciting it made you want to keep reading and not put the book down. I thought that Martha's parents were both very mean to her
Carmen, Wirtschaftskundliches Realgymnasium
We read the book ABOMINATION in our English lessons and of course we had to read some pages at home too. I think the novel is quiet funny and the topics are really interesting. What i liked most, is that the story has such an unexpected ending. I think I More...
Cini&Angie, Bakip-Linz (Austria)
We really enjoyed reading the ABOMINATION because it was really interasting to find out what ABOMINATION is.
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