Far Rockaway

Written by Charlie Fletcher

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January 2013 Book of the Month   Best-selling Charlie Fletcher cleverly intertwines stories within stories in this dramatic and ambitious adventure. When Cat is slammed into by a fire truck crossing a road in central Manhattan, the blow to her head spins her into a world of make believe. Preoccupied before the crash by the lie she told her grandfather about having read a book that he gave her, Cat finds herself taking on daring deeds in the thrilling worlds of The Last of the Mohicans and Treasure Islands. As a reader of these books, Cat had felt herself as an outsider in a male dominated world but now she has the lead roles and the chance to show just what girls can do. The background of Cat and her grandfather’s life saving medical support after the crash makes a moving background to the whole.

Far Rockaway Synopsis

From the author of the Stoneheart Trilogy comes a compelling adventure, perfectly suited to younger fans of The Book Thief and Shadow of the Wind.

Cat is knocked down by a speeding fire truck whilst crossing 55th St and 3rd Ave in Central Manhattan. She wakes in a world made from all the books her grandfather used to read to her, peopled by some of the most memorable heroes of classic adventure fiction, brought vividly to life. Cat must earn their friendship and help as she begins an odyssey and epic quest to find the mythic Castle at the World's End. And the name of that distant, mythic, wave-tumbled fastness? It is, of course, the castle of Far Rockaway. If you enjoy reading good books; swashbuckling adventures with sword fights and pirates - then Far Rockaway is the book for you. Join Cat as she embarks on the journey of a lifetime.

Far Rockaway Press Reviews

‘This is an adventure of true originality which takes the reader on a journey through love, loss and hope. Genius. ’ Janet Smyth, Children's and Education Programme Director, Edinburgh International Book Festival

‘This novel, set in Manhattan, celebrates stories…The message is that "story makes the world", and that "real girls rescue themselves“…A fine book for girls who enjoy fight scenes and boys who are not too squeamish to get past a girl on the cover’ Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times


‘Fletcher is such an exceptional writer, his borrowed characters so vividly brought to life, that at no stage do readers feel they are being manipulated into reading the classics. Though that is exactly what they will want to do as soon as they have finished this stunning novel.’ The Sunday Telegraph

A glorious adventure. -- Scotsman

Brilliantly juxtaposes a mythic world with twenty-first century reality. -- School Librarian

This is pure adventure for readers who love being drawn into descriptive, fascinating, real worlds.  Books For Keeps

Celebrates the power of narrative to give meaning and richness to our concept of ourselves and our lives. -- Carousel


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ISBN: 9780340997338
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780340997338
Publication date: 3rd January 2013
Author: Charlie Fletcher
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 432 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories
Recommendations: Books of the Month, eBooks

About Charlie Fletcher

Charlie began his career in the film business carrying cans of film round Soho and making very bad cups of tea on the principal that he'd then be asked to do something a bit more interesting, a strategy that he recommends to anyone starting out as a tea-boy. He progressed to the BBC where he worked in film editing on everything from Drama to Current Affairs. He then went to California where he morphed into a screenwriter, having been awarded a Warner Brothers Fellowship in Screenwriting at USC School of Cinema and TV. He's written screenplays for Tri-Star, MGM, Paramount ...

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