An Act of Love by Alan Gibbons

Friday, June 24, 2011

I found this novel incredibly moving and at times challenging. Alan Gibbons' explores the relationships of two young boys as they grow up in a community torn by the war on terror. Tracing the paths as they grown into young men, Gibbons' challenges the often judgemental eye of society and highlights the dangers of assumptions.
Fantastically written and gripping from the first page, this story should be read by all ages. Gibbons is not only a gifted writer but he is also incredibly brave, delivering literature from an often untravelled path.
Although a children's book, I would perhaps recommend reading this before passing it on to your intended reader as some aspects are quite hard-hitting but at the same time incredibly educational.

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