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Across the Barricades is part of Joan Lingard's ground-breaking Kevin and Sadie series, the sequel to The Twelfth Day of July. Both books are part of The Originals from Penguin - iconic, outspoken, first.Kevin and Sadie just want to be together, but it's not that simple. Things are bad in Belfast. Soldiers walk the streets and the city is divided. No Catholic boy and ProteAcross the Barricades is part of Joan Lingard's ground-breaking Kevin and Sadie series, the sequel to The Twelfth Day of July. Both books are part of The Originals from Penguin - iconic, outspoken, first.Kevin and Sadie just want to be together, but it's not that simple. Things are bad in Belfast. Soldiers walk the streets and the city is divided. No Catholic boy and Protestant girl can go out together - not without dangerous consequences . . .The Originals are the pioneers of fiction for young adults. From political awakening, war and unrequited love to addiction, teenage pregnancy and nuclear holocaust, The Originals confront big issues and articulate difficult truths. The collection includes: The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton, I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith, Postcards from No Man's Land - Aidan Chambers, After the First Death - Robert Cormier, Dear Nobody - Berlie Doherty, The Endless Steppe - Esther Hautzig, Buddy - Nigel Hinton, Across the Barricades - Joan Lingard, The Twelfth Day of July - Joan Lingard, No Turning Back - Beverley Naidoo, Z for Zachariah - Richard C. O'Brien, The Wave - Morton Rhue, The Red Pony - John Steinbeck, The Pearl - John Steinbeck, Stone Cold - Robert Swindells....

Title : Across the Barricades: A Kevin and Sadie Story
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ISBN : 9780141368917
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Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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Across the Barricades: A Kevin and Sadie Story Reviews

  • Aoife
    2019-05-13 09:45

    4.5 stars The Kevin and Sadie’s series is based around two teenagers living in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during a time where there is great tension between the protestants and catholics living in the area, aka ‘The Troubles’. Kevin and Sadie used to be enemies but now at 17 and 18 years old, they meet again and end up falling in love at a time when no-one wants them to be together.This is a book series I originally read as a child and I was really happy to see it up as an audiobook in my library’s e-services. It was fantastic getting back into the story and remembering the finer details of Kevin and Sadie’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ story that I had forgotten. This was narrated by Gerard Murphy who did a great job and I loved that he was also Northern Irish so everyone’s accents were correct, and I also find that accent to be extremely soothing and nice to listen to so bonus points. This is marketed as a series for children aged 10+ which I do find a bit odd as Kevin and Sadie are teenagers and the series does go on to explore their eventual marriage and family life but as a kid this didn’t bother me at all so I guess it was all okay then and all okay now.This is a book that looks finely at the tensions during The Troubles - a time when a Catholic boy couldn’t walk out with a Protestant girl without getting beat up. Kevin and Sadie have to live with violence every single day and the reader is with them as their tolerance grows less and less with the way they’re forced to live and hide their relationship. Kevin has to work hard to not be forced into doing violent things he doesn’t want to do and not become involved with old schoolfriends being involved with the IRA, or IRA activities. Sadie’s father is in the Orange Order, and her own brother has to constantly explain to others why he himself doesn’t want to join up as he is also sick of violence.I was sad near the end of the book as I had forgotten one of the things that did happen and it is quite heartbreaking. But I’m definitely going to reread the rest of the series as I had forgotten how much I loved it.Note: This is technically the second book in the series but I actually think it can be read as the first, as the first is a bit of a prequel from when they were children and you more or less find out what happens in that one in Across the Barricades.

  • Ryan Williams
    2019-05-10 15:54

    For anyone who wants to know what children of the 1980s read during their schoolyears, and loved, this book would be high on that list.The others?GrinnyThe Demon Headmaster The Silver SwordThe Goalkeeper's RevengeThe Worst Witch (first three books)The Asterix books (up to Magic Carpet)The Machine GunnersVirtually anything by Roald Dahl.Many of these were published by Puffin, the children's division of Penguin books. Someday, someone will calculate the impact the series had on Britain's youth. I doubt they will rate them as highly as they deserve.

  • Trish at Between My Lines
    2019-05-01 12:44

    Every bit as good as I remembered. I love the troubled Belfast setting, the star crossed lovers and how real it all feels. Even after all these decades.

  • Maria
    2019-05-18 10:11

    An easy and enjoyable read that allows you to transport yourself into northern ireland in the early 70's . The content will never age, religious/ racial intolerance, political unrest, freedom to make your own choices and romeo & juliet romance. I gave this book to my teen and she loves it as much as I did at her age. Sadi , Kevin and their families ignited my interest in Irish history, religion and language.

  • Jade Davenport
    2019-04-26 17:53

    This book was something my class and I read together in high school, I really enjoyed this book, although I don’t remember the ending.

  • Heather
    2019-05-08 10:56

    News of the "Troubles" in Northern Ireland dominated my childhood and teen years, so I find it interesting that there aren't more books set in that time and place. I loved this book. It is actually the second book in the series, but you don't need to read the first book to understand the action in this one. The main characters were well rounded, the neighborhoods were filled with people on both sides of the Catholic/Protestant issue. The details were blunt without being graphic, making a good book for younger readers. I loved that the story presented not just the main divide, but also secondary issues that divided families as well as towns. This is a great introduction for preteens and older to terrorism and the IRA.

  • Roxanne
    2019-05-03 13:03

    I had to read this book in year 9 in class and again reading in a group (seriously did they not trust us reading by ourselves?) Anyways i just remember being given this book as everyone else was reading Romeo and Juliet but our teacher must have been sick of that so we got given this book. I remember being totally bored to tears with this book and constantly wondering why we were been made to read it, and i thought the pace was slow and nothing really happened and it was mainly sadie and kevin escaping every couple of chapters and so it went on. Once i had finished it though it was a good read i was pleased i read it, it does have some really good moments in the book and i cant remember the name of the woman that worked in the shop but she was funny. Also i think it really got the message across of the problems that were going on in Ireland of the divides they had.

  • Stok29
    2019-05-02 15:02

    I quite liked it! I had expected it to be a bit boring, and my friends didn't like it at all. but it surprised me how much I actually liked it!! :D

  • Mica
    2019-05-04 15:08

    Read for school. Review will come later

  • Isabella
    2019-05-09 10:47

    Whilst I liked the idea of this, the writing itself felt a bit simplistic and I found it hard to identify with the characters. It was very quick and easy though, and definitely very informative for learning about the troubles. If you want eloquent prose, it's not for you, but if you want a sharp novel about a relavant issue then I'd reccomend it.

  • Chrisoula Panagoulia
    2019-05-04 13:59

    A lovely read.

  • donna bedwell
    2019-04-22 10:03

    O love all her books. . .they seem so alive!!!!

  • Chrisoula Panagoulia
    2019-05-04 17:47

    A sweet, lovely and fast - paced book which shows us there are no boundaries regarding true love.

  • Diana
    2019-05-18 16:09

    Man oh man. I can't imagine living in that kind of environment, and yet it still exists in many places today. An excellent book. I love Kevin and Sadie.

  • Elegale
    2019-04-30 16:46

    (see review for first book)

  • Ema
    2019-04-23 14:13

    I love the ending. But the conflicts that occurred not really 'nice'(?)

  • My
    2019-05-02 11:46

    We got to read this in our English class and I really enjoyed it. Didn't know it was a series until I finished it, so I might read the rest of the series.

  • Phoebe
    2019-05-02 16:44

    The story of Sadie and Kevin was a very sweet and honest one. The troubles they, their families, their streets, and subsequently their city (Belfast) was facing were depicted very believable, honest, and without drawing conclusions or putting blame on anybody.It is a book depicting everyday life in Northern Ireland back in the days when Protestants and Catholics were regularly fighting each other. It is about the everyday life of folk, who just want to life in peace and have everyone mind their own business.It is a book about a young couple fighting for their right to be with each other against all odds.A nice read.-----------------------------------------------------------------------"Across the Barricades" ist der 2. Roman von Joan Lingard der Sadie und Kevin auf Ihrem Weg zum Erwachsenwerden folgt. Sadie, Tochter einer protestantischen Familie, und Kevin, Sohn von Katholiken, leben in einem Belfast, welches von den Kämpfen zwischen britischem Militär und irischen Freiheitskämpfern gezeichnet ist.Nichtsdestotrotz versuche sie sich von den widrigen Umständen nicht abschrecken zu lassen und ihre Gefühle füreinander auszuleben.Mit jedem Tag, und jeder auf sie aufmerksam werdenden Person in ihrem Umfeld, wird dies mühsamer.Ein Jugendbuch, dass sehr realistisch die Zustände im gespalteten Nordirland beschreibt und die alltäglichen Probleme der dortigen Bevölkerung - auf beiden Seiten der Unstimmigkeiten! Es zeigt wie es auf beiden Seiten gleichermaßen den Wunsch nach Frieden gibt, und dass Gewalt keine Lösung ist.Wirklich gelungenes Jugendbuch zu diesem sensiblen Thema!

  • Kevin
    2019-05-12 14:54

    It has been thirty years since I read these series of books first time around. Lately I have had nostalgic feelings for books I read as a teenager. I remembered enjoyed the Kevin and Sadie series so decided to re-read again to see whether I have just viewing these books through rose-tinted glasses after all these years. Although these books are very much of their time, I feel many of the issues would still resonate today, forming relationships with individuals from another faith would still be a stigma in some circles. All five books books in the series deal with the prejudices and complications that religion has on relationships and the family. I enjoyed Across The Barricades (Book 2) and Into Exile (Book 3) the most in the series. In both these books you really get a sense of the time. In Across The Barricades you can really sense the danger of living in Belfast during the 1970's. I looked at some You Tube clips to help me visualise Belfast during this time. Into Exile follows Kevin and Sadie to London where they attempt to find peace from the prejudices faced in Belfast. Again, you can sense of loneliness of being Irish in London during this time. Very enjoyable!

  • Abbie Norris
    2019-04-30 13:08

    I really liked this book, it was really nice to read. It wasnt full on and was just abiout right for my reading skills. It told me alot about Ireland and how people had to sneek out to see there friends that were different religions.The pepole must had found it vrey hard to understand what to do and how to cope with all the killing and fighting. Many people lost there lives when they were fighting for there Faith. I liked this book alot as it was very romantic and emotional as people that came very close to the main characters died. I didnt like these bits but people have to fight and poeple have to die for there faith. I couldnt get straight into the book but i read on and i found that i read nearly 100 pages in one night. I Would liek to read more of the books like this, as i like romantic ones.+

  • Rachel
    2019-05-14 16:45

    A bit like a modern day Romeo and Juliet, set in Belfast during the 1980’s when violence was prominent, aimed very much towards a teenage audience, with short sentences and no overly difficult language. It has some very twee moments, but also some very sad ones such as the deaths of people who try to ignore the religions and help whoever they felt needed to be helped. It highlighted well the religious and social cultures of different groups (many of which are inherited), as well as the similarities and differences between the different factions of people. A lot was alluded to in the book, but not specifically mentioned and I feel the first book in the series needs to be read in order to understand various situations and comments, along with the subsequent books in the series.

  • Hevarrrr Morgan
    2019-05-17 17:43

    Well at the start i thought the book was REALLY boring but then i seemed to get into it quite alot because it became more exciting soo i enjoyed it more.i think that in the middle of this book it was very tragic because neither of their familys really aproved of them bein more than friends because of their religious sides.But they thought that if another family in there vuillage could do it so caould they so this made me want to read more and more because i wanted to see what happened next!I was glad that it all ended out okay because more storys have happy ending!!!!1LOVE YHUUUU x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x

  • Luke
    2019-05-09 14:59

    Across the barricades is a good example of a novel that you can learn from with love,emotion,compotition,action and some brain teasers.the book starts as a simple story with two main characters kevin and sadie who are unfortunatly on different sides of culture where there is a seperation between catholics and prodistants and kevin and sadie cannot fall in love because of this seperation but there is more that meets the eye in this small quiet town.I would recommend this book to people who like to think or like different cultures this would also be suitable for children between the ageof 11-17 to read and is easy to understand.

  • Sam
    2019-04-24 10:09

    I first read this in school but recently re-read it and thoroughly enjoyed it. The story is based in Belfast during the Troubles and tells the story of two kids who are on different sides of the sectarian divide, whose relationship blossoms when it shouldn't. Very much a modern Northern Irish twist on the traditional Romeo and Juliet story, the book is aimed at young adults but can be enjoyed by readers of any age. The characters are well written and the story manages to focus on the story between Kevin, Sadie and their friends and families rather than getting bogged down with the overall situation of the time.

  • amie-jay ensor
    2019-05-21 14:03

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It wasn't really hard to read and most of it was quite easy to understand! I really helped me understand what it was like in Ireland at that time to have a friend that was a different religion to you. It must have been very hard knowing that you could be killed, just for being with your best friend of a different religion. I liked this book because it was a romance and because most of the main charachters had different views on Kevin and Sadies' relationship. I didn't get straight into this book as it was a bit confusing at first, however at about page.50 i started to get into it. From then i was hooked. I would love to read more romance books now.

  • Geraldine
    2019-05-15 16:12

    GoodReads has recommended this as a result of my having logged a Jilly Cooper book, which I don't understand.But seeing the brief blurb about this has brought it all back from many years ago. I've put this down as 1982 read, a rough approximation of the early to mid teens. This made a deep impact on me at the time, and there's a little bit about it I have carried around ever since. I read it so long ago I can no longer most of the plot, but I am certain it has influenced some of my outlook on life. I'm hesitating between 4 and 5 stars.An unexpected pleasure to see this come up in recommendations however incorrectly!

  • Debumere
    2019-04-29 13:48

    I read this when I was 11 for English class, and decided to give it another go 19 years later after somebody mentioned it recently. It was quite good, and definitely a better read now than it was at 11. My English teacher, was English, and all my classmates were English so whenever a Northern Irish student started in his class he liked to use this as reading material, I think in the vain hope that we could really related to the characters. I couldn't relate, my area was nice and quite and mixed. Still a good read!

  • Nicola Mcfall
    2019-05-14 10:53

    Across the Barricades was one of my favorite books as a child. Re-reading it as an adult has brought on such a wave of emotions. I know that this book effected me. It helped shape me and my beliefs. It encouraged me to look at the situation here in Northern Ireland from the viewpoint of everyone - to not just blindly follow everyone else on my side of the divide. I know this that it was used a lot as set reading in schools across the country over the years and many people resented being forced to read it, but it just captured my imagination and I loved it. It will always feel special to me.

  • Romel
    2019-05-13 14:00

    Nothing like a strong storyline :)This isn't an epic read or something that you put on your must-read/ bucket list...but Joan manages a great balance enough to have you very curious about the characters and a slice of life in strife ridden Ireland to want you to read the series at least a couple of times!I definitely fell in love with the heart of all our characters especially Brede and Sadie :)Thanks for these Joan...they've been fascinating!

  • Pearl
    2019-04-26 18:00

    This was a set work in high school for my children. For me, it was a chilling reminder of the Belfast about which there were almost daily reports in the news during my childhood; the Belfast that my Irish friend used to recount. However, take this scenario of intolerance to religious beliefs and translate it to intolerance towards race and you have a perfect understanding as to why this is a set work in South African schools.