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Emil and the Detectives

Written by Erich Kastner

Part of the A Puffin Book Series

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A classic detective story told at a cracking pace, this features one of the first fictional child detectives. When Emil is robbed of his mother’s hard earned savings from right out of his pocket as he is asleep on a train, he takes swift action. Emil has no confidence in the police and so recruits his own assistant, Gustav. The two boys round up a group of friends and catch the thief. Emil is handsomely rewarded and all ends happily. Emil is charming and clever, the ideal hero of this terrific adventure.

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Emil and the Detectives Synopsis

Emil and The Detectives by Erich Kastner has been in print ever since it was first published in 1928.

Young Emil is robbed on his first real railway journey of money entrusted to him by his hard-working mother for the relatives he is to stay with in Berlin. A gang of boys about his own age come to his aid, and a thrilling adventure full of surprises ensues as they use their wits to devise a wonderfully simple but practical trick to capture the thief.

With every detail clearly drawn - from the tiresome business of getting into best clothes for the journey, down to the final anxiety as to what shall be done with a gloriously unexpected reward - this is a story all young readers will enjoy. Reissued in the 'A Puffin Book' series of children's modern classics.

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One of Philip Pullman's favourites: "A great political story: democracy in action."

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ISBN: 9780141362625
Publication date: 02/07/2015
Publisher: Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

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Publication date: 02/08/2012
Publisher: Vintage Classics an imprint of Vintage
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Publication date: 05/04/2001
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
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Book Information

ISBN: 9780141362625
Publication date: 2nd July 2015
Author: Erich Kastner
Publisher: Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 192 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Classic Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks

About Erich Kastner

Erich Kästner began his career as a journalist and, later, a freelance theatre critic. In 1929 he published his first book for children, Emil and the Detectives, which has since been translated into nearly 60 languages and sold millions of copies around the world. He then went on to publish Dot and Anton in 1931 and The Flying Classroom in 1933, both illustrated by Walter Trier, whose elegant, perceptive illustrations grace numerous Kästner books. After the Nazis took power in Germany, Kästner’s books – thinly veiled critiques of society’s fall to fascism – were ...

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