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July 29, 2012 by Lydia Syson


Highly Commended for Branford Boase Award 2013, longlisted for The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2013, shortlisted for WeRead Book Award 2013, longlisted for UKLA Book Award 2014, nominated for the  CILIP Carnegie Medal, 2014.


Spain, 1936. Felix, a spirited young nurse, has run away from London to help the cause of the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War. But she is also following Nat, a passionate young man who has joined the International Brigades fighting Franco. And George – familiar George from home – is not far behind, in pursuit of Felix …

As Spain fights for its freedom against tyranny, Felix battles a conflict of the heart. With the civil war raging around her, she must make choices that will change her life forever. An epic and moving historical adventure.

Also available as an enhanced, multitouch iBook, with multiple additional features, for reading on your Mac or any IOS device – includes music, photographs, interviews with historians, archive materials and more.

‘Syson brings history alive’  The Observer

‘gripping romantic adventure’  TES Magazine

Some book bloggers’ responses: ‘A nigh-perfect YA read’, ‘absolutely brilliant’, ‘reading it made me happy’, ‘I found myself completely swept away’, ‘I loved it beyond words’, ‘so gripping’.

Read full reviews and find out more about the background to A WORLD BETWEEN US

Find out more and read an extract here or buy the audiobook here and download free songsheets, a discussion guide and more.

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"an outstanding debut novel for teenagers" THE GUARDIAN

"a fantastic historical fiction debut" THE BOOKSELLER

"a novel of extraordinary resonance and power" ARMADILLO

"a compelling story of politics and passion, bravery and love" BOOKTRUST

'the writing is powerful, the events terrifying' THE BOOKBAG

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