Far Rockaway by Charlie Fletcher

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 by Charlie Fletcher

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.


‘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

About the Author

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 and Warner Bros among others. He continues to write for the movies, and also television.

Charlie also moved into other types of writing including magazine features, a computer game and as both a national Sunday newspaper columnist and restaurant reviewer. Finally he found the way to combine all those writing strands and produced some rattling-good children's books!

The Stoneheart trilogy has been a massive international hit and Charlie has recently sold the movie rights of Stoneheart to Paramount. He has also been asked to write the screenplay himself, which just shows you should never make plans, since he actually wrote the books to get away from Hollywood for a bit...

Charlie met and married his wife, a fellow Scot, in LA. They have two children, whom Charlie calls his first, most important, and toughest audience. They've all now returned from California and live in Edinburgh with a terrier called Archie.

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432 pages


Charlie Fletcher
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Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Books

Publication date

3rd January 2013




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