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Rowan the Strange by Julie Hearn


“How does a doctor examine a person’s brain? They won’t use knives on me, will they?”

Rowan knows he is strange. But dangerous?

He didn’t mean to scare his sister. In his right mind, he wouldn’t hurt a fly. But there’s a place he can go where they say they can sort him out. Beyond the bars on the hospital window, England is at war. Behind them, Rowan’s own battle is just beginning.

Set at the start of the Second World War, Rowan the Strange shows what life is like in a mental asylum for a young boy who is diagnosed with schizophrenia. The treatments he receives are still experimental – and nobody predicts the effect they will have on him …

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YA writer. Voracious reader. Feminist. Home educator. Addicted to tea and Twitter.

3 thoughts on “Rowan the Strange by Julie Hearn

  1. I especially loved that his psychiatrist is a German. How many books can there be where there’s a German, in England, just as World War Two breaks out? I was so intrigued by that since I’ve never encountered it before.

    Such a great book, it deserves far more attention than it gets.

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