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The Great (Food) Bank Heist

Written by Onjali Q. Raúf

Illustrated by Elisa Paganelli

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The Great (Food) Bank Heist Review

Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 7+ readers Free Books for 7+ readers Free Books for 9+ readers Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE)

Interest Age 7-10 Reading Age 8

Written with great empathy and Rauf's trademark humour, The Great (Food) Bank Heist is a moving story that gives a child's-eye view of the increasing problem of food poverty. 

A percentage of all royalties earned from the sale of this book will be going towards Trussell Trust Food Banks, the Greggs Foundation Breakfast Club Programme and selected grassroots food bank charities.


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Some stats behind the story:

• A YouGov poll commissioned by the charity Food Foundation in May 2020 found that 2.4 million children in the UK (17%) were living in food-insecure households

• By October last year, an extra 900,000 children had been registered for free school meals 

• From March to September 2020, the Trussell Trust reported a 47% increase in the number of emergency food parcels it distributed

• Independent food banks also saw a rise in use of 88% from February to October 2020


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The Great (Food) Bank Heist Synopsis

On Thursdays, Nelson, Ashley and Mum head out to the bank. But not just any old bank - the food bank. With its shining tins and packets of food stacked from floor to ceiling, Nelson thinks it's the best kind of bank there is. But there's a thief in town, and the shelves of the food bank are getting emptier each day, leaving people hungrier than ever. For the sake of his family and everyone else's, Nelson needs to make them stop. But can he and his friends really be the ones to catch the bank robber?

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ISBN: 9781781129623
Publication date: 01/07/2021
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781129623
Publication date: 1st July 2021
Author: Onjali Q. Raúf
Illustrator: Elisa Paganelli
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 112 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Personal Social Health Economic
Collections: Summer Reading 2021,
Other Categories: Free Books for 7+ readers, Free Books for 9+ readers

About Onjali Q. Raúf

Onjali Q. Raúf is the founder of Making Herstory an organisation mobilising men, women and children from all walks of life to tackle the abuse and trafficking of women and girls in the UK and beyond. In her spare time she delivers emergency aid convoys for refugee families surviving in Calais and Dunkirk, and supports interfaith projects. Her first novel, The Boy at the Back of the Class, won the Waterstone's Children's Prize and The Blue Peter Award.

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