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Silence Is Also a Lie

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FORMAT: Paperback PRICE: £7.99 PAGES: 448 Pages PUBLICATION DATE: 06/08/2020 ISBN: 9780702304583

Silence Is Also a Lie

Tracey Mathias

Scholastic

How do you speak out, if you have no rights? After withdrawing from the EU, Britain is governed by a far-right nationalist party. Its flagship policy is the British Born edict, which allows only those born in Britain to live here. Everyone else is an "illegal", subject to immediate arrest and deportation.

But Ash isn't thinking about politics; he's wrestling with grief for his sister Sophie, who died in a drug-related accident at a party. Then he meets Zara on a stalled tube train and immediately falls for her. But Zara has secrets: not only is she an "illegal", but she's the only person who could reveal the truth about Sophie's death. Zara must make an impossible choice: if she comes forward with what she knows about the night Sophie died, she'll have no future in Britain at all. Could the upcoming election free her to speak out?

Selling points

  • Brexit coverage is wall-to-wall, as are issues of immigration and nationalism. This book is the perfect springboard for teens to discuss what's happening in the world - the perfect book club pick!
  • Silence Is Also a Lie is not a dystopian fantasy; it is speculative fiction, imagining a Britain of the near future in which a far-right nationalist party has instituted extreme policies around immigration and trade.
  • The romance at the heart of this YA debut is realistic and captivating, and the couple are confronted with genuinely impossible choices: should they pursue justice at the cost of their future?

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