Grade 9 is going on a schooltrip to Terschelling, one of the Dutch islands. The teenagers are excited, board the ferry and the mood on the way to the camp site is elated. Everyone would consider them a well-behaved class, but the reality is completely different. Throughout the school year, a group of boys has been ruining the atmosphere in the classroom with their antisocial behavior. They mainly pick on Ivan. At school the situation is more or less under control, but away from the watchful eyes of their teachers, the situation soon escalates. The bullies are making Ivan’s life hell, and what happens next will forever change the lives of everyone involved.
Each chapter moves the story forward from the point of view of a different student. Despite the serious subject, the book is written with a lot of warmth and humor. Looking through their eyes, you get to know the students one by one.
The Flight of the Seagull is the English version of Al het water van de zee, one of the best-known Dutch books about bullying. Universally popular with Teens and Young Adults, it is widely used by teachers to discuss issues relating to bullying and being bullied in the classroom. Above all, it is a fascinating read providing an insight into high school dynamics through a wealth of young minds.
Praise for The Flight of the Seagull
“This book was powerful, insightful and well written. The author shows us bullying from the perspective of the people involved. Not just the bullied but the bullies and those who simply stand bye and let it happen. Many books with this subject come off as preachy and have cardboard cutouts for characters but this book is different. The story drips with authenticity. When I was in the 8th grade my school sponsored a week long camping trip and while reading this I was transported back to a time when bullying was a everyday part of life. This book is a must read for parent and teachers.”
- “Powerful, insightful and well written”
- “A real page-turner!”
- “Wonderful, emotive book”
- “An emotional journey!”
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