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Cuckoo in the Nest

Written by Michelle Magorian

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The lure of the theatre draws Ralph but acting is not what his family wants for him. Can he persuade them? A wonderfully nostalgic story about one boy’s determination to see his dreams come through and a fascinating and vivid picture of Britain in the 1940s. Be sure to check out Just Henry, A Spoonful of Jam, A little Love Song.

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Cuckoo in the Nest Synopsis

A wonderfully nostalgic story about one boy's determination to follow his dreams from the award-winning author of Goodnight Mr Tom.

Amid the rubble of post-war Britain, Ralph is entranced by the theatre. He loves seeing the performances, talking to the actors, the buzz of the audience, and the corridors and dressing rooms backstage. But how can a working-class boy achieve his dream when there is no opportunity for theatre training?

Cuckoo in the Nest Press Reviews

'A fascinating story and a vivid picture of Britain in the 1940s.' The Times

'The author has a wonderful gift for hanging a richly woven tapestry around an essentially simple frame.'  Times Education Supplement

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ISBN: 9781405277020
Publication date: 26/02/2015
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd an imprint of Egmont UK Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781405277020
Publication date: 06/05/2008
Publisher: Egmont Childrens Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781405277020
Publication date: 26th February 2015
Author: Michelle Magorian
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd an imprint of Egmont UK Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 496 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks

About Michelle Magorian

Michelle Magorian is undoubtedly one of the pre-eminent children’s writers of historical family drama and of books set around the Second World War. She may not be a household name but that’s purely because she doesn’t write as frequently as those more obvious bestselling novelists. Just Henry is her seventh novel. Unlike some authors Magorian writes when the time is right having first undertaken considerable research, followed by a lot of thinking time before actually putting pen to paper and then there’s always the very important rewrites to polish the story. Magorian ...

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