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I have enjoyed this latest Sita Brahmachari book the most since Artichoke Hearts. It is quite a big undertaking ,weaving together the stories not only of Zak (whose journalist mother disappears in a war zone abroad) and Aisha the refugee from Somalia , and Elder (the probably wise woman in the wood ) but also of Iona a slightly older homeless girl and of Red her dog , who all find shelter in the wood ; but the author manages it well . As Sita says in the postscript "by bringing such different characters together I wanted to explore what is meant by 'community' ". Amnesty International says in a further piece at the end of the book " we are all born with the right ....to equality,a home to belong to, freedom of movement and the entitlement to seek sanctuary. The three young characters in Red Leaves explore all these issues, and so do we as readers." At the same time Sita explores the effects of their sleeping dreams on their daytime realities and the possibility that people from the past can appear in those dreams. Sita has all this flowing along and as usual with her books it is both easy to read and a pageturner.