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Children on war ravaged Bougainville listen to their make-do teacher read them the story of Great Expectations. But their obsession with Pip results in clashes with rebel soliders.
⚈ “A clever, enthralling, devastating book.” – Suzy
⚈ “I enjoy books set in real life conflicts, to be educated/shocked and entertained all at once. Here Jones takes a little known conflict and into it inserts fabulous characters. The protagonist, Matilda, and the re-invented Pip are both fully developed characters who bring innocence and a harsh reality to the real-life conflict. I enjoyed not only the harsh differences but also the parallels between story telling and war. A touching and haunting book with snippets I had to read from behind my hands. An important book; one not to be forgotten.” – Rachel