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The Red Suitcase by Jill Harris

May 9, 2014

red suitcaseThe Red Suitcase by Jill Harris. Pub. Makaro Press, 2014.

A novel with much depth. A contrast, between a society that had to fight a war, World war 2, with men and women that paid the ultimate sacrifice, and today’s society where young men fight for bravado, getting the pictures on YouTube, and where cultures align themselves against each other in a God verses God struggle.

Fourteen year old Ruth and her family have forcibly been returned to New Zealand after a suicide bomber destroyed a University lecture hall in Indonesia because of the content of the lecture. She returns to live  with her Nan on the  North Shore and starts to have “episodes” in which she goes back in time to World War 2  when bomber command were bombing German cities.

These “episodes” disturb her and she confides in a serious boy, Thomas,  about what they mean. There are some surprises about the nature of the “episodes” and who is involved, but  you will have to read the book to find out what they are.

A red suitcase may hold the key to everything or maybe it heightens the mystery?

There is a sting in the tail of this neatly structured novel for high school students.

 

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