By Sarah Mussi
Leah escapes the siege in her school, but she can't avoid wrestling with impossible choices in this topical, terrifying new novel that's essential reading for teens everywhere.
Leah Jackson - in detention. Then armed Year 9s burst in, shooting. She escapes, just. But the new Lock Down system for keeping intruders out is now locking everyone in. She takes to the ceilings and air vents with another student, Anton, and manages to use her mobile to call out to the world. First: survive the gang - the so-called 'Eternal Knights'.
Second: rescue other kids taken hostage, and one urgently needing medical help.
Outside, parents gather, the army want intelligence, television cameras roll, psychologists give opinions, sociologists rationalise, doctors advise - and they all want a piece of Leah. Soon her phone battery is running out; the SAS want her to reconnoitre the hostage area ...
But she is guarding a terrifying conviction. Her brother, Connor, is at the centre of this horror. Is he with the Eternal Knights or just a pawn?
She remembers. All those times Connor reached out for help ... If she'd listened, voiced her fears about him earlier, would things be different now? Should she give up her brother?
With only Anton for company, surviving by wits alone, Leah wrestles with the terrible choices ...
Sarah Mussi is an English woman who lived in Ghana for many years. She now lives in London and works as a secondary school teacher. Door of No Return won the Glen Dimplex New Writer's award for children's literature in 2007 was shortlisted for the Branford Boase.
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07 Mar 2013
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Hodder Children's Books
A stark, powerful and dark story full of political undertones. — Coventry Telegraph
Deals with the subject in a very delicate way without holding too many punches. — School Librarian
A fast-paced, tense and shocking read... tremendously affecting. — Bookbag
This is a searingly exciting book... utterly memorable. * * * * * — Books For Keeps
A chilling political satire. — Sydney Morning Herald
It's exciting, violent and, although aimed at young adult readers. Siege is clearly a warning of how disaffection plays out in an unequal world. — Australian Women's Weekly
'Siege does what dystopian fiction does best - extrapolate dark consequences from problems we might neglect in the present. Mussi's message cuts through the violence and suspense, leaving us with much more than cheap generic thrills.' — Adelaide Review
'an exciting and thought-provoking read for our times.' — We Love This Book
Moving and hopeful. An important book that will keep you thinking long after you've turned the last page. — Chicklish