Rebel on a Rock
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Carrie and Albert Sandwich (from Carrie's War) and the four Popper children (of Carrie's previous marriage) arrive for a holiday in Ithaca which is ruled by a dictator. Slowly seeds of doubt and suspicion begin to form in the mind of twelve-year-old Jo, as to why exactly they are there. Its this really a family holiday, or just an elaborate spying operation? As the story speeds along to its denouement Jo's suspicions grow and her meeting with Alexis, a local boy, who says there is going to be a revolution increases her confusion. As usual Nina Bawden combines truthfully observed characters with a thoroughly absorbing story. Highly recommended for 10s and over.