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Dragonflies and Matchsticks

Dragonflies and Matchsticks 2

by Celestine Obiora Agbo
Publication Date: 28/02/2019
5/5 Rating 2 Reviews
RRP  $32.13 $28.25
Nigeria, 1967: After being left by their parents, seven-year-old Obi and his two sisters live as children of a compound until war arrives one night and the siblings find themselves caught up in the midst of the Biafran conflict of the late 1960s. Separated from their relatives and friends, Obi and his sisters, Arike and Decima, are evacuated headlong into the war and starvation. Living as refugees they are strafed day and night by Russian MiGs and forced to fend for themselves. They learn crucial survival skills by watching others and understand that in order to live through the war, they must keep out of sight from jets and soldiers.

London, 1969: Caroline, a guilt-riddled factory worker and mother of seven, rushes home from work in time for the late news. Her prayers are answered when she spots her lost son within a crowd behind a news reporter in a Biafran refugee camp. Against the warnings of the Foreign Office, Caroline plans her audacious rescue mission on the front line. Selling all her possessions to fund her expedition, she finds herself surrounded by war when she embarks on a deadly journey to find and bring her children to England.
Historical Fiction
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Troubador Publishing
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
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  • Dragonflies and Matchsticks

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    I love the heart of this book. I was moved right from the start when I read the dedication page, and looked forward to reading it. The author paints vivid pictures with his words so that you can see the story in your imagination as you read it. It's also a story that keeps you wanting to read on to the end. I highly recommend it.

  • Matchsticks and Dragonflies

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    What an amazing book about survival and a mother’s love.
    Great writing about a subject more of us should be aware of.
    I think this is a book for our time!