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Chapter 6-15 and the end

January 6, 2010


Chapter 6-15 (p.49-116)

Kevin and the other boys let Sadie go home but she must clean the walls by rights. In the Protestant’s area the anticipation is very big because the 12th comes nearer and nearer. All the children work to get money to buy the decoration for the glorious twelfth but Sadie also starts working on new tricks. At night she goes to the McCoys house and printed these words on the table: ‘ King Billy is here, long live King Billy’. But Kevin stands still in the doorway and observes her. Sadie sees him timely and runs away. Sadie hides under a wall and because she can’t get home. Kevin and other guards look at the her the whole night with their torches. Then at home they don’t know where Sadie is. Tommy and his friends look for her but there is no sign of her. Tommy believes that she was going to Kevin. He says that he has not seen her but Brede tells that she was here last night and messed the kitchen. But Kevin and his friends don’t knon where she is now. Then Kevin and Brede search Sadie and find her in an old house. She must clean the kitchen table at Kevins house and then she can go home. When they bring Sadie home, two policeofficers and Sadie’s family come and catch them. Sadie says that the Catholics kidnapped her, but Kevi shouts that he hasn’t done anything. So the conflict begins. The policeofficer want to clear the situtation but without succes…

The conflict starts !

Chapter 16 & 17 (p.117-121)

The second last chapters descirbes the conflict between Catholic and Protestant teenagers. In this conflict Kevin’s sister Brede gets a brick thrown to her head. Brede is a gentle hearted young catholic girl, who doesn’t want to end up by a kitchen sink, but at the same time tries to please and serve everyone.

Sadie and Tommy run through the Cathlics, and the make two revelations (=Offenbarung) about themselves. They really do care about Kevin and Brede, even though they are Micks (Catholics). The other thing they realize that they could just as easily have thrown the brick, or been hit by it. And when Brede is out of danger after an emergeny operation, on the twelfth of July, Tommy and Sadie take Kevin to a trip to the beach.

The message of this book:

There are still problems between different religions and sometimes people try to solve that by fights.

Joan Lingard shows in the novel that violence leads to nothing. Sonner or later something will happen, which will make people think of their wrong behaviour and then they will fell sorry for that.

My own opinion:

It is interesting to read this book. I haven’t known much about the conflict between those two religions so there were a lot of aspects, which i have never thought about, but make me think about afterwards.


Chapter 3-5

January 5, 2010


Chapter 3 (p.23-30)

The thrid chapter starts that Sadie can’t sleep and drawing up a list of possible jobs. It was a warm night. She opened the window wide and leant her arms on the outside sill. Than she recognized two youths, they were strangers. Normally she knows everyone in this area. The two strangers did something which Sadie didn’t see. Sadie went out and saw a pot of paint tipped over the pavement, huge white words DOWN WITH KING BILLY spread across the gable wall, and the two boys running for their lives.

Sadie was a good runner and went after the boys. They were Micks and run in the Catholic quarter but Sadie didn’t catch them and went back home …

Chapter 4 (p.31-38)

In this chapter the authour describes the painting in the Protestant territory the day before. On the next day the escapade was the talk of the district.

Kevin’s parents Mrs and Mr McCoy can’t understand why their son and the other boys paint walls. But Kevin say: ‘ They don’t realize a man’s got to fight for what he believes in’

Chapter 5 (p.39-48)

In chapter five Sadie and her brother Tommy buy in a shop in the Royal Avenue some orange colour. The both go to the Catholic quarter, the streets there are not different to thems but Tommy recognize one difference the tricolour isn’t red, white and blue but the tricolour at some windows is green, white and orange the colour of the flag of the Republic. At one wall the message GOD BLESS THE POPE was written. Tommy and Sadie obliterate the words THE POPE and laboriously they begin to substitute KING BILLY….

But the Catholic boy catch Sadie and bring her to Kevin’s house.

That’s their first but not their last paint!

About the book

January 4, 2010

About the book:

First of all, i give you the advertising summary to get an imagery of the bock:

Sadie is Protestant, Kevin is Catholic – and on the tense streets of Belfast their lives collide. It starts with a dare – kids fooling around – but soon becomes something dangerous. Getting to know Sadie Jackson will change Kevin’s life forever. But will the world around them change too?

The book ‘ The Twelfth Day of July ‘ is subdivided into 17 chapters, so each date has got one chapter, and in additon there are several more chapters for eventful days. The 17 chapters are:

Chapter One :  The Seventh Day of July

Chapter Two :   Down with King Billy

Chapter Three :   Act of Provocation

Chapter Four :  A Summons to Tryone

Chapter Five :   The Eight Day of July

Chapter Six :  The Ninth Day of July

Chapter Seven :  A Fight and a Fire

Chapter Eight :   Mrs Jackson Gets a Fright

Chapter Nine :   No Surrender

Chapter Ten :   No Sign of Sadie

Chapter Eleven :  The Tenth Day of July

Chapter Twelve :   Sadie Discovered

Chapter Thirteen :   A Confrontation

Chapter Fourteen :  The Eleventh Day of July

Chapter Fifteen :    On the Other Side

Chapter Sixteen :   The Fight

Chapter Seventeen :  ‘ The Glorious Twelfth ‘


The plot:

The story is about Kevin and Sadie, two kids living in Belfast in Ireland.
Sadie and her brother Tommy Jackson are Protestants, in contrast to Kevin and Brede McCoy who are Catholics. The part of the city where they live is separated into a Protestant area and a Catholic area.
The 12th day of July is one of the most important holidays for the Protestants, for to celebrate and remember the famous William of Orange. Therefore there is a great fuss in the Protestant area and everybody attempts to decorate his street.
Once Kevin paints with big letters on a wall in the “enemy’s” area: Down with King Billy (=William of Orange). That causes a big fight between Protestants and Catholics, and there is not only physical contact . . .


Chapter 1 ( p.7 – 14)

The novel starts of describing how the Protestants think about their King Billy, the Catholics, and how they live. And you get a short characterization about the Jacksons. The Jacksons are the children Sadie and Tommy and their parents. They life in a little house in Belfast.

Chapter 2 (p.15 – 22)

The second chapter desribes how the Catholics live, and how the feel about the Protestants. This chapters give us an imagery of the Catholic family McCoy. The McCoy have two children Kevin and Brede. The family live several streets away from the Jacksons. Their street, too, was made up of small, red-brick terraced houses, but it’s bare and drab.

The Twelfth Day of July by Joan Lingard

January 1, 2010

About the author:

Joan Lingard was born in Edinburgh but grew up in Belfast where she lived until she was eighteen. She began writing when she was eleven, and has never wanted anything other than a writer. She is the author of more than twenty novels for young people and thirteen for adults. Joan Lingard has three grown-up daughters and three grandchildren, and lives in Edingburgh with her Lativan/Canadian husband.

The Twelfth of July ( the first of the Kevin and Sadie books ) was her first children novel, which was published in 1970. 

Joan Lingard was awarded an MBE ( Management by Exeption, Member of the Order of the British Empire ) in 1998 for services to children’s literature.

She is particularly sound on youthful vulnerability and on the human need, irrespective of range, to find acceptance, friendship and love. ( The Irish Times )


The Twelfth Day of July by Joan Lingard

November 1, 2009