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Cuckoo Summer

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What’s more, she’s keen to help him, to keep him secret from Mr Scarcross and his threats of ‘ the only good Jerry’s a dead Jerry‘. Author of eight novels, including The Season Ticket, Give Us This Day and Mr McCool, Jonathan's work has been filmed, staged and Radio 4 serialised.

There is a neatness to the ending, but I think it can be forgiven – this is a children’s novel after all. Author of eight novels, including The Season Ticket, Give Us This Day and Mr McCool, Jonathan’s work has been filmed, staged and Radio 4 serialised.

The only person who can make him smile is Sally, an evacuee from Tyneside living with sour old Farmer Scarcross who is their nearest neighbour. The descriptions of the setting, the tarns and the wildflowers all bring the world to life as the reader is drawn into the adventure. Given that Earle wrote WHEN THE SKY FALLS, one of my favourite wartime stories, as well as the more recently published WHILE THE STORM RAGES, which I also thoroughly enjoyed, my expectations were high. The Lake District is untainted by WWII, with only the evacuees and drafted soldiers any indication there is a war going on, which was a refreshing take of the children's wartime novel – so many stories of the same genre often thrust you right into the action. This starts a chain of events that leads to the uncovering of secrets about Sally's past and a summer of adventure that neither child will ever forget.

Your selection was perfect for our children and what really made the difference was your ability to engage with each child, discuss their interests and help them to choose a suitable book based on your extensive knowledge of the books you were selling. So when Sally tells Tommy about the wounded Nazi airman in the woods Tommy is persuaded not to report it but to help Sally keep him hidden. The story is gently spiced with natural history to give a sense of space and surroundings, a backdrop to the dramatic events that take place amongst the characters.The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. When the children discover a German airman has landed in the nearby woods, Sally is determined to save the young soldier from the threatening clutches of Starcross and Tommy is roped in to help. They would also only drop off a case of books and leave us to run it – it was so lovely to have you on hand to chat to the children and recommend them books, as well as the small (but appreciated! It is Sally who decides they must keep the airman’s whereabouts a secret and protect him, but this won’t be easy. An interesting and nostalgic look at sheep farmers and countryside history, as well as quite a page turner for this young audience.

When the two friends find an injured German airman in the woods, they face a dilemma about what to do next. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.I loved the setting of this book too, in the green countryside of the Lake District, farming for victory and doing what they could for the war effort. It seems Mr Scarcross has little time for his evacuee, and nor does Miss Gently or others in the community.

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