AuthorFrank Cottrell Boyce
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PublisherWalker Books Ltd
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Publication date4th October 2012
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The Unforgotten Coat
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Julia Eccleshare's comment:
Winner of 2012 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize
"The judges read extensively and intensely in their search for the winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize this year, but decided unanimously that The Unforgotten Coat's great immediacy and humour really set it apart."With his brilliant depiction of two brothers from Mongolia trying to adapt to school in Liverpool while haunted by a fear from home, Frank Cottrell Boyce never preachers to the reader, and judges felt that he writes with such credibility and warmth that his readers will be left wiser when they have finished the story."
Titles shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize were
The Abominables by Eva Ibbotson
Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle
Soonchild by Russell Hoban
Bullet Boys by Ally Kennen
The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce
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SynopsisThe Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce
This is a stunning magical story of a summer of friendship with darker undertones of the plight of refugees. Two refugee brothers from Mongolia are determined to fit in with their Liverpool schoolmates, but bring so much of Mongolia to Bootle that their new friend and guide, Julie, is hard-pressed to know truth from fantasy as she recollects a wonderful friendship that was abruptly ended when Chingis and his family were forced to return to Mongolia. Told with the humour, warmth and brilliance of detail which characterizes Frank Cottrell Boyce's writing, this magical and compelling story is enriched by stunning and atmospheric Polaroid photos.
It was also shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award.
Illustrated with captivating photographs, this is a treasure in itself.
About The Author
Frank Cottrell Boyce is an accomplished, successful and well-known screen and television writer who lives with his family in Liverpool. Frank’s first book, Millions, won the 2004 Carnegie Medal and was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in the same year. Frank has also been shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012 for his book Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again.
His novel The Unforgotten Coat won the 2012 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.
On winning the prize Frank Cottrell Boyce said: “It would be amazing to win this award with any book I'd written but it is a special joy to win it with The Unforgotten Coat, which started life not as a published book at all, but as a gift. Walker gave away thousands of copies in Liverpool - on buses, at ferry terminals, through schools, prisons and hospitals - to help promote the mighty Reader Organisation. We even had the book launch on a train. The photographs in the book, were created by my friends and neighbours - Carl Hunter and Claire Heaney. The story was based on a real incident in a school in Bootle. So everything about it comes from very close to home - even though it's a story about Xanadu!
“Being shortlisted for the Guardian Prize gives you a particularly warm glow because it is awarded by a panel of your fellow authors. Past winners include my childhood heroes - Alan Garner, Leon Garfield, Joan Aiken - and contemporary heroes like Mark Haddon, Geraldine McCaughrean and Meg Rosoff.”
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