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Book of the week
Frank Cottrell Boyce
As you race through the story, you feel that only Frank Cottrell Boyce could have told it the way it’s told. To fall in love with this kind of unique telling is surely one of the great discoveries of young reading.
A huge amount of research must have gone into this novel, but it is lightly worn. The breath-taking landscape of Ethiopia and the richness of its history and culture is wonderfully evoked. Not all the research came from books. Elizabeth Wein knows Ethiopia well. She is herself a pilot, and has even stood out on the wings of a flying plane, like the White Raven, herself. Few researchers are prepared to go so far.
(Frances Lincoln Children's Books)
The third in a series of Great Big Books, following on from The Great Big Book of Families and The Great Big Book of Feelings, this new title tackles the equally important issue of conservation.
Wilf is around 13 and light-fingered with it, can break into a Saab 9.5 estate, get it started, drive it dangerously fast. He’s security conscious – he’s interested in breaking and entering. Sometimes he’s been caught, and now he’s in the last chance saloon as far as his probation order is concerned.