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Aftershock



by
Bernard Ashley

Edition
Exclusive hardcover edition
Publisher
Frances Lincoln
Imprint
Frances Lincoln
ISBN
9781847803375
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Violence: Mild Violence
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After an earthquake kills his father and forces him and his mother to relocate from Greece to London, Makis finds comfort and acceptance through soccer.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Mild Violence

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

144

Trim Size

5" x 7 1/8"

Dewey

F

AR

5.4: points 4

Lexile

900L

Scholastic Reading Counts

9

JLG Release

Jan 2012

Topics

Greece. Earthquakes. Losing a parent. Emigration and immigration. London. Soccer. Learning a new language. Adjusting to a new life.

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Praise & Reviews

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Kirkus Reviews

Junior Library Guild

  • Bernard Ashley’s prose is vivid and understated. He captures the essence of settings and situations with short, meaningful descriptions whether focused on Makis’s island village in Greece, the earthquake, or Makis’s new school. For example, despite living in a village accustomed to earthquakes, Makis is surprised by the quake’s intensity: “There was no time to run outside to the safest place. Shattering into mosaic pieces, the plastered walls fell in upon him, the blue shutters banged off their hinges, the beams lurched, and the ceiling disintegrated as the roof came crashing down.”
  • Aftershock movingly presents the capacity of athletics to break down barriers. Makis earns a place among his peers through his natural ability and effort despite his lack of English-language skills and experience playing soccer. The ups and downs of his rag-tag team and the conflicts Makis encounters just to play the games are satisfyingly complex.
  • The novel offers a poignant depiction of the immigrant experience. While Makis finds that “words rubbed off on him like lichen off a tree trunk” because he is in constant interaction with English speakers, his still-mourning mother, who shops at Greek businesses and speaks Greek at her workplace, feels isolated.
  • As Makis takes on an almost parental role toward his mother, he feels guilty that he’s happy “out there among the boots and legs,” where all he “think[s] about is winning the game, of how well he could do.” Makis shows a touching compassion for his mother and his gentle persistence helps her to find a new life in their adopted land, making him a character to root for both on and off the soccer pitch.

Praise & Reviews

Junior Library Guild

  • Bernard Ashley’s prose is vivid and understated. He captures the essence of settings and situations with short, meaningful descriptions whether focused on Makis’s island village in Greece, the earthquake, or Makis’s new school. For example, despite living in a village accustomed to earthquakes, Makis is surprised by the quake’s intensity: “There was no time to run outside to the safest place. Shattering into mosaic pieces, the plastered walls fell in upon him, the blue shutters banged off their hinges, the beams lurched, and the ceiling disintegrated as the roof came crashing down.”
  • Aftershock movingly presents the capacity of athletics to break down barriers. Makis earns a place among his peers through his natural ability and effort despite his lack of English-language skills and experience playing soccer. The ups and downs of his rag-tag team and the conflicts Makis encounters just to play the games are satisfyingly complex.
  • The novel offers a poignant depiction of the immigrant experience. While Makis finds that “words rubbed off on him like lichen off a tree trunk” because he is in constant interaction with English speakers, his still-mourning mother, who shops at Greek businesses and speaks Greek at her workplace, feels isolated.
  • As Makis takes on an almost parental role toward his mother, he feels guilty that he’s happy “out there among the boots and legs,” where all he “think[s] about is winning the game, of how well he could do.” Makis shows a touching compassion for his mother and his gentle persistence helps her to find a new life in their adopted land, making him a character to root for both on and off the soccer pitch.

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