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eBook The Seventh Raven ePub

by Peter Dickinson

  • ISBN: 0575029609
  • Subcategory: No category
  • Author: Peter Dickinson
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co; First Edition edition (December 31, 1981)
  • Pages: 192
  • ePub book: 1577 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1241 kb
  • Other: azw lit mobi lrf
  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 161

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About the Book In 2001 it won the Phoenix Award which is given by the Children’s Literature Association to a book that didn’t.

Posh children’s opera group is held hostage by South American guerrillas in West London. In 2001 it won the Phoenix Award which is given by the Children’s Literature Association to a book that didn’t win any major awards when it was first published twenty years earlier. This was based upon our local children’s opera, in the bit of London where I used to live, just west of the location of Notting Hill, for anyone who’s seen the film, and much like that.

Peter Malcolm de Brissac Dickinson OBE FRSL (16 December 1927 – 16 December 2015) was an English author and poet, best known for children's books and detective stories. Dickinson won the annual Carnegie Medal from the Library Association for both Tulku (1979) and City of Gold (1980), each being recognised as the year's outstanding children's book by a British subject. Through 2012 he is one of seven writers to win two Carnegies; no one has won three

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The Seventh Raven book. Dickinson never disappoints. Very different from his others, but I'm noticing a trend: he often involves characters who are ambassadors or diplomats of some kind.

In a bungled attempt to kidnap an ambassador's son, four revolutionaries make hostages of a hundred children rehearsing an opera. Age Range:12 years and up. Grade Range:Grade 7 and higher. 9 - 12 Years Children's Children's Books Contemporary Literature & Fiction Teen & Young Adult.

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In a bungled attempt to kidnap an ambassador's son, four revolutionaries make hostages of a hundred children rehearsing an opera.

Comments

Teonyo Teonyo
This is a story about teenagers, children, an Opera about Ahab, Jezebel and the prophet Elijah: about terrorists and their ways. All the elements are blended and the several narratives develop together. In among the adventures is the growing up of the narrator.
Peter Dickinson is a most able and powerfully creative writer: I count this his best book after "Tulku".

A class of TEFL students we really gripped by "The Seventh Raven" - endorsing my high opinion of it.
Ffyan Ffyan
Everybody get some pen and paper and take your seats. Now at this time I am going to ask you to write down a list of book titles that meet a certain criteria. These titles MUST be considered to be written for children or for young adults. Ready? Let's begin. First, write down all the books you can think of that contain hostage situations similar to that of the Iranian Embassy situation. Now write down all the books in which a multi-faceted view is given of freedom fighters in South American countries? One more... name all the books that contain a nuanced understanding of America's ties to the Contras and give damning critiques of the Reagan administration. Pencils down. How many books did you come up with? You may have been able to think of a couple here and there. Undoubtedly a few hostage books came to mind (like "Give a Boy a Gun") and you were able to include them. Now, look at your lists and give me the names of the books that contained ALL these interesting situations. Do any of them fit? If not, may I direct your attention to a little known number that goes by the title of, "The Seventh Raven". It was written by the British author Peter Dickinson and published in America in 1981. What's more, if you haven't read it you are, in fact, missing the boat. It's a wonderfully humorous but also chilling look at the complacency of the middle class bourgeois and the inhumanity of violence, regardless of who uses it for whatever ends. And it's also about opera! Hooray!

I'll explain. Our heroine in this tale is the multitalented little nabob, Doll. Doll belongs to an upper middle class community of British music enthusiasts that perform an immensely complex biblical children's opera every year. Since her childhood Doll has been in these shows but now, at the age of fifteen or sixteen, she is to old to perform. That suits her fine though. She'll simply make herself indispensable to the adults running the show. To do that, Doll becomes a sort of all-purpose gopher. She finds ways to keep the unruly boys playing ravens in line. She makes a full cast list and helps with costumes and music. When a diplomat from the South American dictatorship of Matteo (made up for this book) insists that his son be included in the performance, Doll doesn't think much of it. That is, until freedom fighters come to take the kid hostage. And until they mess up the kidnapping and instead take all the children in the opera and all the parents hostage. So things go from odd, to bad, to downright horrific. And Doll suddenly finds herself in a performance after all. One she never would have volunteered for.

The correct term for this book is "thriller". This is, in fact, a teen thriller in the purest sense. It's wholly enmeshed in the politics of 1981, from its South American politics to critiques of hostage situations to criticism of the U.S. role in Latin American dictatorships. Dickinson himself has purposefully given himself a terribly difficult job. On the one hand, the revolutionaries who take over the church are doing an awful thing. They see their cause as more important than the people they've taken prisoner. They even stage a mock trial that is as much farce and theater as it is deadly earnest. On the other hand, you sympathize with these people too. They've been through hell. Their lives have been destroyed repeatedly and it is only out of desperation that they've lowered themselves to this situation. So how, as an author, do you balance the two and still make the book understandable to young adults? At first Dickinson fails entirely. Not because he doesn't give equal attention to either sides of the issue but because he loses the reader in a bizarre passage about Mattean politics right at the start. If young adults reading this book are able to get past 27, they're in the clear. If they don't, I can't really blame them. It almost lost me there too.

Another balancing act comes with the idea of making a biblical opera fit in with the dangerous sections that follow. As a former teen who worked in a children's theater long ago, I related to the theatrical portions of the tale. To my mind, they're incredibly interesting. I cannot claim that everyone would find themselves quite as thrilled as I was but I think they meld nicely with the dangerous moments that follow. I loved the politics of the tale too. The real hero of this book, as it turns out, comes in the form of Mrs. Dunnitt. A longtime socialist and former Communist, Mrs. Dunnitt has the best view of how giving power to the oppressed can sometimes end in further, more creative, oppression. Mrs. Dunnitt gives a fabulous speech near the end of the book about basic human rights and dignities. It, if nothing else, is reason enough to read this tale.

All in all, this is one of those rare teen books that raise questions no one else asks. How much is a rich nation responsible for the suffering of another if they support that country financially? Where does the guilt lie? In our leaders? In ourselves? You'll find few books that even think to ask such things. In this case, the questions are left unanswered, allowing the viewer his or her own way of looking at things. Whether you agree with the revolutionaries, the ambassador, or Mrs. Dunnitt, you'll find something in this book to make you think. Though firmly set in 1981, what "The Seventh Raven" has to say continues to be imperative to people today. I can't think of a better book to recommend to anyone who thinks they know anything about politics. Or wants to know anything for that matter.
Qiahmagha Qiahmagha
What starts off as preparation for a church musical turns into a hostage situation for a bunch of perfectly normal people who are only trying to get on with life and do what they love doing. The main character is Dolly, 17, who is full of ideas on how to make this year's musical great. She and the other adults in charge of the musical have drawn up lists of which kids should be in. and which out, and are just starting to get things into full swing when a group of very politicised terrorists grab them during a rehearsal, in an attempt to locate one particular boy. There's lots of dramatic tension, especially in the second half, and good, vivid descriptions of what goes on, so you can really imagine yourself in the church, with those hostage-takers pacing in front and the sleepy children silently huddled together in the pews... But I think the best thing about all Peter Dickinson's books for children, this one included, is that he doesn't dumb down - Dolly (and the other characters in his other children's books) isn't stupid. She watches, she observes facial expressions, and she works things out for herself and the reader. And although the hostage-taking is the main event in the book, the story actually has lots of other interesting bits in it - family, parents, music, singing and politics.