Torn Away

Torn Away

by James Heneghan
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Torn Away by James Heneghan

Thirteen-year-old Declan lives only for revenge. His mother, father and sister were all killed on the streets of Belfast, and Declan will stop at nothing to settle the score. When he is torn away from his native soil and sent to live with relatives in Canada, he is disgusted by their efforts to welcome him into their lives, and determined to make them regret their hospitality. Can he devise a plan to return to Ireland and rejoin his cause? Or will the strange beauty of his new life and surroundings weaken his resolve?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554695492
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/2003
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

A former fingerprint specialist with the Vancouver Police Department, James Heneghan has won numerous awards for his books for young readers, including the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Award three times for Flood, Wish Me Luck and The Grave. James lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia.

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3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
At school we were forced to read this book, and I absolutely dreaded reading it. The plot was simple and predictable. The characters were unreal and hard to relate to. And the violence in the story is unsuitable for children under 13. I did not like this book at all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book I read was very adventurous, exciting, and suspenseful. Throughout the book I was on the edge of my seat always guessing what was going to happen next. It began with a boy named Declan experiencing the lost of his father, mother, and sister. Following this he was sent to live with his uncle. Once arriving he tried to escape, but was caught and was taken back to his uncle. When he returned his uncle made a promise that if he stayed till Christmas he would be free to go. In order to figure out if Declan stays or returns to his homeland, you will have to read the rest of the book. If you like to read at all you will like this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my opinion the book 'Torn Away' from the author James Heneghan,who writes very realistic,explain the dramatic experiences of the young boy Declan whos family have been killed in the violence of Northern Ireland.This book is full of feelings and there is on the one side the harmful and peaceful Canada where the Doyles live and on the other side the dangerous fights in Northern Ireland where is Declan's home.Declan is in an inner conflict with himself and this the author presents very authenticly in my opinion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To my mind the book is a realistic, interesting and dramatic story. The conflicts in Ireland are present authentically. I ate up that book, because the book is full of emotions and the problems, the author describes, aroused my interest in that Irish conflict.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We were forced to read this accumulation of paperbits in our English class. From the first sentence on I was disappointed by Declan's behaviour because of his immature nature. It is understandable that his mother's and sister's deaths made him confused and aiming to take revenge. But this cannot explain either why he isn't able to confide in anyone but reacts aggressively against people who love him, he is not the first one to have lost his parents... Perhaps we didn't appreciate the novel for its protagonist is a know-it-all kid who focuses on HIS problems to make himself interesting and to be noticed and admired for his particularity. Finally, the happy end is farly predictable and sucks so much that even if you liked the rest of the novel, you'll hate the book after it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Torn away is the sad story of a young irish freedom fighter, who had lost his family in the bloody Northern Ireland conflict and who is therefore forced to live with his uncle Matthew and his family in Canada. He didn`t come to terms living in Canada, until he really notized what terrible events waited for him at home. In my opinion, the author could describe the very emotional feelings which Declan had, but it`s not easy to really feel what moved him, if you are not so involved in the Northern Ireland conflict. (Another reason for my 'misunderstanding' could be my miserable English skills).That is why you should read the book in your mother language as well, if you really want to get everything. To sum up: I´t`s a good book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was reading this book for my English class, and so it seemed to me: a typical reading list book: the teenage reader is meant to get a deeper insight on the conflict in Northern Ireland. This part worked out pretty good, but in my opinion the story lacks some kind of action on the one hand side and a more profound discussion and illustration of Declan's feelings on the other. In addition, I had the impression that this is a typical book for teenagers up to 14-15 years, the way the book was written. This is why I can only recommend 'Torn Away' as a source for better understanding of the Northern Ireland conflict, but not as a good novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Torn away' is a nice book...its very simple to read. Some passages are a little bit boring but the most passages are very interesting and exciting! Its very funny if you try to identify yourself with the main charakter of the book called 'Declan'. The book is quite 'ok'.... greetings martin P.S. But it doesnt really rule!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In school we were 'forced' to read this book for our English lessons. I read it completely and I have to admit that sometimes it has been attractive. The topic is quite interesting and you learn a lot about Northern Ireland and the youth's problems fighting for the opportunity to take revenge. But the book is written in a very simple way and the expressions of emotions are very neutral. It is a book you can read in class, but if you want to read it alone I can only tell you that you should order more attractive books!