About the book
The heart-rending story of two siblings who hardly know each other – Cass, adopted by a wealthy family, and Aidan, left in the care system. Their reunion nearly destroys them both.
Published January 2014, Atom Books
Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize and the YA section of the Romantic Novel of the Year Award.
Nominated for the Carnegie Medal
Runner up for the North East Teen Award
Shortlisted for the Wirral Paperback of the Year, the Leeds Book Award, the Redbridge Teen Book of the Year, the Southern Schools Book Award, the Falkirk Red Book Award and the Warwickshire Y9 Book of the Year
‘Absolutely flippin’ brilliant.’ Philip Reeve, award-winning author and judge for the YA Book Prize.
‘David handles the raw emotion, class and race issues with intelligence, sensitivity and an unflinching eye for the damage families inflict upon one another. Yet it is also life-affirming, witty and uplifting and talks directly to its target audience. David gets better with every book.‘ Daily Mail
‘A compassionate examination of race, class and societal expectation’ Financial Times
A really compelling read. Bookbag
Keren David’s Salvage (Atom, £11.99, 13-plus) is about two half-siblings who were separated ten years earlier by social services and reunited in their teens. Cass has been adopted into the elite but Aidan has made a new life even without any GCSEs. Once political scandal erupts in Cass’s life, the story asks questions about privilege, family and how we treat the poor. Skilfully written,Salvage marks David as an author of empathy and truthfulness. Amanda Craig in the New Statesman.
‘Salvage was riveting and compelling and I couldn’t put it down. It’s a real eye-opener and I think everybody should read it. It’s a book I think could be taught well in schools and readers will become easily invested in the story. David has produced a masterpiece that I can’t give enough praise to.’ Queen of Contemporary
Keren David’s writing has broad appeal: it has heart without being sentimental, is skilfully plotted, and its emotional and moral landscapes are nuanced….This accomplished novel seeks out the positive and redemptive: we see a succession of characters cope with the challenges life throws at them – and move on. David ends her story in an unexpected and satisfying way, and while I suspect some readers will question the optimism with which the narrative is ultimately suffused, I’d be surprised if they didn’t enjoy this gripping ride. Linda Buckley-Archer in The Guardian
David… adeptly captures the immense pressures faced both by young people from whom everything is expected and those consigned to the rubbish heap when their lives have barely begun (Metro)
David has written a sympathetic novel which describes with insight family dysfunction and the effects of being taken away from one’s family. (Rosamund Charlish The School Librarian 2014-06-01)
Salvage is really going to make people sit up and notice (Books for Keeps Damian Kelleher)
A nuanced and moving tale of estranged siblings and family betrayal. Martin Chilton, Daily Telegraph’s Best YA Books of 2014.