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The Land of Decoration

By Grace McCleen

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A RICHARD AND JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK 2013





'An extraordinary and peculiarly haunting novel' Chris Cleave, author of The Other Hand





My name is Judith McPherson. I Continue

A RICHARD AND JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK 2013





'An extraordinary and peculiarly haunting novel' Chris Cleave, author of The Other Hand





My name is Judith McPherson. I am ten years old. On Monday a miracle happened.





Judith doesn't have much. The house she shares with her devoutly religious father is full of dusty relics, reminders of the mother Judith never knew. Bullied at school, she finds comfort in creating a miniature world in her bedroom - a world of wonder she calls The Land of Decoration. Perhaps, she thinks, if she makes it snow in The Land of Decoration there will be no school on Monday.





Sure enough, when Judith opens her curtains the next day, the world beyond her window has turned white.





And that's when her troubles begin.

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Non proprio 4, ma è un libro da leggere: per l'ambientazione, per il mondo in una stanza, per gli scarti che diventano cose, per il mondo visto dai ragazzini, per i problemi del fideismo, anche. Ci sono cadute di stile, ma va bene lo stesso.

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    intriguing

    Using nature's debris, litter and anything else she can find, ten year old Judith builds a perfect fantasy world on the floor of her room - The Land of Decoration, a place she goes to escape from the harsh realities of school bullies, a home-life col ...(continue)

    Using nature's debris, litter and anything else she can find, ten year old Judith builds a perfect fantasy world on the floor of her room - The Land of Decoration, a place she goes to escape from the harsh realities of school bullies, a home-life coloured by rigorous old school religion and a father still grieving for the wife he lost when Judith was born.

    For the first few pages, I thought this was going to be a fairly light fantasy, a cosy tale of a child who escapes cold reality in a perfect world made of found-stuff and rubbish. Not so; the story takes on much darker tones when a visiting preacher inspires Judith to try her hand at making miracles while her father is crossing the picket lines and losing his religion, and Judith's miracles appear to be working, at least on the much-hated school bully who, it seems, has home-life troubles of his own.

    The Land of Decoration is a well-observed and finely-written tale that's not at all what it seems on the surface. At times I was reminded of Mark Haddon, in the well-observed naiveté of a child's mind and language, and of Jeanette Winterson, in the strange, all-embracing, world-excluding religiosity that colours every moment of a friendless child's lonely life. There's a dark and terrible sadness that seeps across the narrative, a dreadful emptiness, of unheated rooms, cold lino and fly-stained, naked forty-watt bulbs - and not just for Judith, other families seem just as unhappy, all looking to fill the holes in their lives with something - drink, religion, violence, fantasy worlds...

    I have to say, this is nothing like the work of genius some of the testimonials on the cover would try to have you believe, but it is an absorbing, intriguing, highly original and genuinely exciting tale from a fine new writer. I can't wait to see what Grace McCleen writes next.

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    Maya Panika said on Jun 23, 2012 | Add your feedback

Book Details

  • Rating:
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    • 4 stars
  • English Books
  • eBook 304 Pages
  • ISBN-13: 9781446477236
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Publish date: 2012-03-01
  • Also available as: Paperback , Hardcover , Softcover , Others
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