The Trouble with Donovan Croft by Bernard Ashley

The Trouble with Donovan Croft

Written by Bernard Ashley

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Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK. Donovan Croft is sent to be fostered by Keith Chapman's family when Donovan's mother has to return to the West Indies, but the trauma of leaving his parents is too much for Donovan and he becomes mute.

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. The trouble with Donovan Croft - when he has to be fostered and goes to a new school because his mother has gone to Jamaica for a while - is that he is too miserable to speak. This sad yet often very funny book shows how school and foster home cope with the problem - and what happens to solve it.


The Trouble with Donovan Croft by Bernard Ashley

When Keith gets a new foster brother, he's not too happy about it. But when this boy won't talk to him, Keith realizes that things are going to be much harder than he originally thought. And it's not just Keith who Donovan won't speak to - he won't speak to anybody at all. The other kids at school take Donovan's silence to be a sign of a bad attitude and start to bully him. Keith knows he has to stick up for him, but that means the bullies are just going to pick on him too ...


A remarkable book, sympathetic yet unsentimental Children's Book Review

About the Author

Bernard Ashley

Bernard Ashley lives in Charlton, south east London, only a street or so from where he was born. He was educated at the Roan School, Blackheath and Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, Rochester. After National Service in the RAF Bernard trained to teach at Trent Park College of Education, specializing in Drama. He followed this with an Advanced Diploma at the Cambridge Institute and has recently been awarded honorary Doctorates in Education by the University of Greenwich and in letters by the University of Leicester. During his career as a teacher he worked in Kent, Hertfordshire, Newham and Greenwich, with thirty years of headships in the last three. His debut novel The Trouble with Donovan Croft won the Other Award, the alternative to the Carnegie Medal, and several of his other titles have been highly commended by the Carnegie Medal panel.

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30th November 1999




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