By: Tina Shaw
Genre: YFB - General fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Published by: Walker Books
Published: 1 Apr 2019
ISBN: 9781760651244


“An inferior people, that's what the Director called us at the beginning of his reign, but still useful.”

There are two peoples living in the city of Ursa: the Cerels and the Travesters. Travesters move freely and enjoy a fine quality of life. Cerel men are kept in wild camps and the women are no longer allowed to have children. The Director presides over all with an iron fist. Fifteen-year-old Leho can't remember a time when Cerels lived without fear in Ursa.

His parents once tried to organise an uprising – his mother was blinded, and his father was taken away. But now his world is changing. Revolution is coming. People will die. Will Leho be able to save his family?


Fifteen-year-old Leho has always lived in Ursa. Once upon a time, the Cerels and the Travesters lived peacefully together—that is until the Director arrived and everything changed.

But nothing ever stays the same, and rebellion is building in the city. Will Leho and his family survive? What about his budding friendship with Emee?

This is a book that you will find hard to put down. Readers will love Leho with his courage and loyalty to his family and friends.

Ursa is a coming of age novel set against the background of a tyrant running a city and people struggling to find a way to be free.

Perfect for those in Year 8 and up.

Reviewed by Michelle