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Five a.m. I’m woken by yapping dogs and the first distant call to prayer, carried to me on a light breeze.
My first morning in Afghanistan.
Private Elinor Nielson, recently qualified medic, first tour of active duty.That’s what I keep telling myself – over and over like a demented idiot – to calm my nerves. I’m just a normal nineteen-year-old English girl . . . Of the kick-ass, life-saving variety, that is. What a laugh. I’m like the love child of House and Lara Croft.
Today, for the first time, I’ll be going out on patrol here – with an SA80 assault rifle in one hand and haemorrhage-stopping supplies in the other. Can I really do it? I have to remind myself that I’m doing something with my life, that I’m going to help people. It’s why I joined up.

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WINNER OF THE LANCASHIRE CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE YEAR 2013.

Afghanistan.

In the heat and dust of war, young British army medic Elinor Nielson watches an Afghan girl walk into a hail of bullets. But when she runs to help, Ellie finds her gone. Who is she? And what’s happened to her? What Ellie discovers makes her question everything she believes in – even her feelings for the American lieutenant who takes her side.

'David Massey’s debut novel is life-affirming. Modern and sympathetic, it will grab the hearts and minds of young adult readers everywhere.' – Barry Cunningham

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“... a great book ... Ellie is a strong and memorable character. I loved reading a story about current events. It was wonderful to read about the war from a very different perspective than that of a civilian. I look forward to reading more books by David Massey.”

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“The inclusion of cultural and political commentary elevates this above other wartime tales...”

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“Massey delicately and impressively explores military politics, the stress of combat, and the roots of terrorism in a story about the daily pressures of war and the heavy toll it exacts on all parties involved.”

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Author notes

'Like Elinor, the medic in my novel, I was surprised to discover how many teens have died for their country, so I decided to write Torn as my tribute to their selflessness and bravery. Best bit for me? The first appearance of the mysterious Afghan girl ...'

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