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Taking as its starting point the town of Hamelin after the Pied Piper has left, the story that unfolds is Karlo's: Karlo the lame boy who couldn't keep up with the others; Karlo who, with the help of his' specially made wooden shoes, walks proud and straight; Karlo who undertakes a quest to bring back his friends and must make an agonising choice in order to defeat the child-stealer. Karlo's words on the march: 'If you are tired, find someone wearier, carry them on your back. If you're afraid, find someone who is scared and put your arm round them ... 'are just some of the lessons the characters in the story (and readers) learn. A seemingly simple story which offers much to reflect on and explore about the nature of life and human experience.