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The Goose Road

Written by Rowena House

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April 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Inspiring WW1 against-the-odds adventure | It’s 1916 and fourteen-year-old Angelique is working on the family farm when she learns that her detested father has been killed in action, while her beloved brother Pascal is still at war. To Angelique, Mother’s grief seems excessive - “How could she have loved father so?” she wonders, and so we wonder what kind of man he was while she focuses all her energy on keeping the farm afloat. Angelique’s strength is formidable. She’s admirably forthright, a force to be reckoned with, especially when adversity escalates and so, with the support of her dear Uncle Gustav, she hatches a plan that might just save the farm. They will venture through France to sell her brother's flock of glorious geese to the Commander-in-Chief of the Somme.

Blending real-life hardships and the horrors of WWI with an overarching fairy tale-esque adventure, this is a classic David versus Goliath story in which a girl steps up to fight multiple Goliaths with large doses of determination, wit and a willingness to take risks. Highly recommended. ~ Joanne Owen

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  • Seren Daly, age 11 - 'This book is about achieving your goals and finding your destiny...It is emotional and beautiful with surprises and mysteries in store. I loved it.'
  • Bella, age 10 - 'The Goose Road is beautiful story that is happy and sad.  I really enjoyed reading this book.'
  • Emma Corden, age 12 - 'I love this book because it is full of drama and hope.'
  • Ross O'Gorman, age 11 - 'An enjoyable book that tells a different kind of war story. Young Angélique Lacroix makes a great heroine and her epic journey across France with her geese to save the family farm, is amazing.'
  • Hope Busby, Yr 8 - Great Torrington School - 'The Goose Road is now one of my favourite books! It can change your mood in a second! You are happy then suddenly you are almost crying!  It’s romantic, happy, sad, adventurous….all of my favourite things in one book!'
  • Ellen Cox, age 11 - 'This is an incredible book that holds an amazing story. I loved it. I couldn't put it down.'
  • Matilda Greenacre, age 11 - 'Loved this story and couldn't put it down, a must read.'
  • Ellen, age 8 - 'Angelique a young girl, is forced to go on a long journey to sell her brothers geese in order to get some money for her family. The war is on and there is hardship and misfortune all around.'

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The Goose Road by Rowena House

France 1916. Angélique Lacroix is haymaking when the postman delivers the news: her father is dead, killed on a distant battlefield. She makes herself a promise: the farm will remain exactly the same until her beloved older brother comes home from the Front. "I think of it like a magical spell. If I can stop time, if nothing ever changes, then maybe he won’t change either." But a storm ruins the harvest, her mother falls ill and then the requisition appears... In a last-ditch attempt to save the farm from bankruptcy, Angélique embarks on a journey across France with her brother's flock of magnificent Toulouse geese.


An impressive debut with a tenacious heroine. One for slightly older fans of Emma Carroll's historical fiction. The Bookseller

About the Author

Rowena House
Rowena House studied journalism at LSE and spent several years on Fleet Street, reporting for various news agencies. She has lived and worked in France, Africa and Belgium as a Reuter's foreign correspondent and covered the fall of Addis Ababa at the end of Ethiopia's 30-year civil war. She now lives in Devon and works as a freelance journalist. In 2013, Rowena won a competition run by Andersen Press, which published her winning entry, The Marshalling of Angelique's Geese in War Girls, a collection of short stories about WWI as seen through the eyes of young women. The Goose Road is her novelization of that story.

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384 pages
Interest Age: From 12 years


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

5th April 2018




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