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The Key to Flambards

Written by Linda Newbery

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The Key to Flambards Review

Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 11+ readers Stories about Animals

Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2020

Grace is intrigued by the idea of spending the summer in the ancient house that is an important part of her family history. As she learns to heal herself following a life-changing accident and a family breakdown, Grace finds she is also able to help new friends. Like the original Flambards books, this offers at several levels from great story to psychological insights.


The Key to Flambards Synopsis

Linda Newbery brings K.M. Peyton's legendary Flambards series into the present day. Fourteen-year-old Grace, recovering from a life-changing accident and her parents' divorce, reluctantly spends the summer at Flambards, a remote country house. Despite herself, she befriends two local boys: Jamie, who is friendly and obsessed with wildlife, and Marcus, who is struggling to deal with his moody, potentially violent father. In this beautiful but threatened landscape, Grace unearths her own extraordinary ties to the house and - importantly - discovers her own place in the world.

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'An absorbing, thoughtful, jigsaw puzzle of a book' Books for Keeps

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ISBN: 9781788450058
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781788450041
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781788450058
Publication date: 1st August 2019
Author: Linda Newbery
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Animals
Collections: 30 Books with Positive Images of Disability,

About Linda Newbery

Linda Newbery always wanted to be a writer, filling exercise books with stories which she hid in her wardrobe, but only began submitting her work once she became a secondary school teacher. She had her first novel published in 1988 and is now a full-time writer. Linda writes for various age groups and has twice been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, for The Shell House and Sisterland and in 2006 won the Costa Children’s Book Award for Set in Stone.Linda lives in a Northamptonshire village with her husband and three cats. She is an active member of the SAS ...

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