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REVIEW: Tape by Steven Camden

This debut novel from spoken-word artist, aka PolarBear, skilfully brings together two strands of story separated by twenty years

 Modern-day teenager Ameliah has to move in with Nan after her parents die in a car accident. Back in 1993, Ryan is coming to terms with the loss of his mother by making a tape recording. It’s this tape that Ameliah finds amongst her mother’s possessions, and forms the basis of an original and intriguing time travel story. Yes, it’s about love but it’s also about the ability to connect and that’s something that most teens will appreciate and be able to relate to. Camden’s insights into growing up are touching and deft as the two teens struggle to come to terms with their losses.

 HarperCollins, out now. Age: 11+

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