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Ele Fountain worked as an Editor in children's publishing, where she was responsible for launching and nurturing the careers of many prize-winning and best-selling authors including Angie Sage, Philip Reeve and Sarah Crossan. She lived in Addis Ababa for several years, where she was inspired to write Boy 87, her debut novel. Ele now lives in what she describes as a 'not quite falling down house' in Hampshire with her husband and two young daughters.
'Boy87 is an original and beautifully written page-turner of a novelabout love, survival and the strength that can be found in a hopeful humanspirit' -- Sarah Crossan, Carnegie Medal Winner 'Shif is anunforgettable character, and his story should be read by everyone who caresabout one of the unfolding tragedies of our time' -- Award-winning authorElizabeth Laird Shif is just an ordinary boy wholikes chess, maths and racing his best friend home from school. But one day,soldiers with guns come to his door - and he knows that he is no longersafe. Shif is forced to leave his mother and little sister,and embark on a dangerous journey; a journey through imprisonment and escape,new lands and strange voices, and a perilous crossing by land and sea. He willencounter cruelty and kindness; he will become separated from the people heloves. Boy 87 is a gripping, upliftingtale of one boy's struggle for survival; it echoes the story of young peopleall over the world today.
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