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The author of the book: Nicky Singer
Date of issue: 2002
ISBN 13: 9780007120260
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As often with books I buy second-hand for really cheap, I didn’t know anything at all about this book. I was convinced to buy it when I saw it got the “book of the year” and “Book I couldn’t put down” awards in the Blue Peter Awards and that it had been reedited in the “Essential Modern Classics” collection. Very naturally, this book tempted me even though I didn’t know what it was about. We follow the little Robert Nobel, a 12-year-old student who doesn’t really have any friends. His class is involved in a common project with a Rest Home where he builds an extraordinary friendship.
This read was an extremely good surprise! It is incredibly touching, moving, and well written. The ending really brought a lump to my throat. This is one of these children’s books to which you can’t really limit the age of the reader, because it can be enjoyed at all ages. I have to admit the beginning was quite creepy and I was really expecting some paranormal part. I almost stopped reading because I was scared of being too scare (I know, shame on me, this is a children’s book haha, but I really can’t read anything with spirits and scary stories). In the end, no harm done, the story didn’t go anywhere scary! Just a false alarm then. Anyway, if I had read this book when I was nine, I think some parts of the story would have been too frightening for me. The second part of the novel really went far from this atmosphere and focused on the relationship between the little boy and Edith, the Elder he does the project with.
The main character was really touching and it was nice to see him get more confidence in himself. Really, this was a book that was hard to close because it is full of suspense and is really well-written. A beautiful novel that makes you think about life, death, memories but also the future and that makes us want to be more self-confident and to follow our dreams, because we all want to fly! It is also the most beautiful book I have read about intergenerational love. I think it will remain famous for a long time in the British literary culture. I highly recommend it from 12 year old (despite the publisher’s recommending it from 9) and also to adults who will enjoy it even more according to me.
I can’t wait to see the TV series adaptation by the BBC (which usually produces quality content) with a young Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Love Actually, Game of Thrones, The Maze Runner).
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Read information about the authorNicky has written four novels for adults, two books of non-fiction but most of her recent work is for young people. Her first children’s novel Feather Boy won the Blue Peter ‘Book of the Year’ Award, was adapted for TV (winning a BAFTA for Best Children’s Drama) and then commissioned by the National Theatre as a musical with lyrics by Don Black and music by Debbie Wiseman. In 2010 Nicky was asked by Glyndebourne to adapt her novel Knight Crew (a re-telling of the King Arthur legend set in contemporary gangland) for an opera with music by Julian Philips. In 2012 her play Island (about ice-bears and the nature of reality) premiered at the National Theatre and toured 40 London schools. She also published The Flask that year. A story about songs and souls and things which live in bottles, The Guardian called The Flask ‘a nourishing and uplifting story, with big themes and a big heart’. Nicky has recently re-written Island as a novel with illustrations by Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell.
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