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Cuckoo Summer

Cuckoo Summer

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The cruelty she suffers at the hands of Mr Scarcross and her impoverished background is offset against her character’s resilience and humour.

It was such a pleasure to meet you both, and I really appreciated how smoothly and professionally you ran everything. The blurb sounded suspiciously like Robert Westall's masterpiece, the Machine Gunners, and I wondered doubtfully whether it would measure up. The quiet farming community may seem almost untouched by war compared to the cities, but that's clearly not the case, as Tommy awaits news of his missing father. Bronnie is so lovely with the boys and we also felt that having a man enthusing about the books set a great example. Cuckoo Summer tells the story of local boy Tommy whose family have been farmers on the fells for generations.

I have even talked the head into a little revamp of the library so that we can display them properly! I was drawn to Cuckoo Summer because the title and cover reminded me of books I read as a child - nostalgia is a powerful force! What makes it stand out from other fiction of this genre is its incredible use of the setting of the Lake District. The characters are a delight, especially the determined and resilient, if headstrong, Sally, whose Geordie accent is lovingly rendered, and the Lake District setting is vividly portrayed.

Cuckoo Summer is a perfect book to share alongside WWII topics, and it will be loved by any child looking for an immersive story of adventure and friendship. For reasons of their own, they are determined to keep the news secret but, for all Tommy's local knowledge and all Sally's resourcefulness, can this be possible? There was just the right amount of choice to suit everyone without being overwhelming and I received comments from parents and staff about the quality of books offered compared to previous sales which have always been based around current crazes and well known celebrity authors. Characters that have individual voices and personalities; a landscape that is as vibrant and interesting as the story; real danger; risk taking; hope, trust, friendship. Polly Crosby tells ReadingZone about her novel, This Tale is Forbidden (Scholastic), a fractured fairy tale set in a dystopian world.I grew fond of some of the characters and think that Silent Simon who works on the Scarcross farm deserves a story of his own.

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. Your comment about teachers who love to “do voices” made me laugh, I have always loved to “do voices” but a north-east accent is one I’d struggle with! Sally, despite her carefree attitude to life and her situation, displays a kindness to the injured enemy that is touching. Ideal class read for y5/6/7 to compliment or introduce a study of WWII but any keen young reader will enjoy this story.

An originality comes from the tender friendship between the two, particularly in the form of the language they use - the runaway in her Geordie accent and words, and the farmer's son in terms of his affinity with the natural landscape surrounding him.

Apart from the gripping plot, one of the best things about this book is its sense of time and place - it makes a real effort to capture the language, traditions and rhythms of a lakeside farm during the Second World War.I think we need to meet nature in our books so we know what the British countryside should really sound, smell and look like. But there is plenty for teachers and adults to explore with readers, including underlying themes of prejudice and poverty. It’s a fantastic independent book seller that will actually be responsive and select appropriate books for you. It seems Mr Scarcross has little time for his evacuee, and nor does Miss Gently or others in the community.

  • Fruugo ID: 258392218-563234582
  • EAN: 764486781913
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