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»In our world, the world of girls and boys from children’s homes, there was no room for dreams, there was no time for dreaming. We lived like battery-powered dolls. As long as there was life left in the battery, we kept going, but when the battery was flat, we were dead too.«

The narrator is thirteen years old when she arrives at the first children’s home. Just under three years and several homes later her young life is already a disaster: She has acquired a reputation for being ›difficult‹, dropped out of several schools, managed to injure one of the staff during a violent incident and escaped all the way to Spain with her group of mates. They are her only support, her substitute family. They are all in much the same predicament, they all have the same frenzied, blighted outlook on life, which they frequently try to drown in alcohol.

Nevertheless, the narrator manages to pick herself up over and over again and keep going, thanks to her amazing quick-wits and indefatigable sense of irony, telling herself: »I’m fifteen years old and I’ve seen a hell of a lot … «

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336 pages, Age 14 and up, ISBN 978-3-423-78232-6
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Mirijam Günter

Mirijam Günter grew up in Cologne. By the time she was sixteen, she had already been sent to seven different children’s homes and attended several schools. After many chaotic years she took to writing; her debut novel ›Heim‹ was awarded the Oldenburg Prize for Children’s and Young People’s Literature. Mirijam Günter lives in Köln-Ehrenfeld.

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