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The best way to avoid trouble, thinks Ayisha Emmanuelle, is to avoid confrontation. As an inner-city schoolteacher, she does a whole lot of avoidance. 14-year-old Shamayal Thomas trusts no one. Not the family, not the gang. And at school, trusting people is forbidden. Jim Stevens teaches history. Haunted by his own, he still believes everyone can learn from the past. History doesn’t always have to repeat itself.A powerful exploration of the ache of loss set in a landscape where broken people can heal each other. Fresh, funny, heartbreaking and real, this original and compassionate study of when to break the rules and why is perfect for fans of Maggie O'Farrell, Rachel Joyce and Ali Smith.“A perfect balance of gritty and feel-good.”“...offers an ever-changing, intense view of what it means to be human.”"...absolutely nails the moral dilemmas we live with in a modern society that is supposed to protect the most vulnerable."