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Taking Sides - Brian Gallagher


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Author: Brian Gallagher

Date Published: 03-Oct-2011

A story of friendship, danger and divided loyalties, set against the background of the Civil War. Annie Reilly's dreams of becoming a teacher look like they're coming true when she wins a scholarship to Eccles Street School. There, she makes friends with Susie O'Neill, and through Susie she meets Peter Scanlan, a boy from a wealthy family who plays rugby for Belvedere. But civil war is brewing, and hotheaded Peter has become involved in running messages for the rebels who are resisting the army of the new Irish Free State. Annie is horrified when she discovers Peter's secret, but when he is stipped by police and uses her as an alibi, she goes along with it, even though it could mean the loss of the vital scholarship. Then Annie is kidnapped- forcing Peter to make a terrible choice. Should he risk his life and betray his cause for Annie? And can he they ever be friends again after this?

About the Author
BRIAN GALLAGHER was born in Dublin. He is a full-time writer whose plays and short stories have been produced in Ireland, Britain and Canada. He has worked extensively in radio and television, writing many dramas and documentaries. Brian is the author of four adult novels, and his other books of historical fiction for young readers are One Good Turn and Friend or Foe - both set in Dublin in 1916; Stormclouds, which takes place in Northern Ireland during the turbulent summer of 1969; Secrets and Shadows, a spy novel that begins with the North Strand bombings during the Second World War; Taking Sides, about the Irish Civil War; Across the Divide, set during the 1913 Lockout, Arrivals, a time-slip novel set between modern and early-twentieth-century Ontario, and Pawns, set during Ireland's War of Independence. Brian lives with his family in Dublin. His latest book, Spies, is a sequel to Pawns. Find out more about Brian's books at briangallagherwriter.com
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'grey areas of life are well explored and Gallagher introduces ethical, moral, social and gender issues without polarisation - the notion of life often being a 'contest of two or more rights' is well presented ... Gallagher's historical research is sound

-- Inis Magazine

'a vivid portrayal of a torn city and divided loyalties' 'perfect historical fiction read for ages 10 years+'

-- Primary Times

'gripping ... a great Christmas stocking filler ... a perfect accompaniment to historical studies'

-- Woman's Way


-- Sunday Independent

'gripping right from its first page'

-- Evening Echo

'A 'hold your breath' story ... that's one of the great things about both Brian's books - they are set in the past, but they are set in a real and still recognisable Dublin ... Like most people my age (and no, I'm not telling!) I grew up reading books set

-- Dublin Public Libraries website

'Gallagher writes well evoking the period and the characters in an accessible and believable way. This is a great way to introduce children to history and bravely tackles a subject that many historians shy away from.'

-- Books Ireland

'Gripping right from its first page ... surpasses it [Across the Divide] in dramatic action and storytelling skill'

-- Evening Echo

'the themes of loyalty, friendship and the class divide are dealt with thoroughly against the vivid historical backcloth'

-- School Librarian Magazine

'an involving, exciting read ... a first class adventure'

-- Carousel Magazine

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