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Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.
What the judges said: Cottrell Boyce’s second children’s novel is original, charming and funny.
It is a poignant and pacey adventure with a tightly structured plot full of humour, wisdom and excitement.
Even the most minor characters are portrayed with effortless depth and accuracy.
Dylan is the only boy living in the tiny Welsh town of Manod. His parents run the Snowdonia Oasis Auto Marvel garage - and when he's not trying to persuade his sisters to play football, Dylan is in charge of the petrol log. And that means he gets to keep track of everyone coming in and out of Manod - what car they drive, what they're called, even their favourite flavour of crisps. But when a mysterious convoy of lorries trundles up the misty mountainside towards an old, disused mine, even Dylan is confounded. Who are these people - and what have they got to hide? A story inspired by a press cutting describing how, during WWII, the treasured contents of London's National Gallery were stored in Welsh slate mines. Once a month, a morale-boosting masterpiece would be unveiled in the village and then returned to London for viewing. This is a funny and touching exploration of how Art - its beauty and its value - touches the life of one little boy and his big family in a very small town.
It's funny. It's heart-warming. You believe in the family relationships and you very soon care what happens to them all. - The Guardian
Publication date: 21/02/2019
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 26/03/2015
Publisher: Macmillan an imprint of Pan Macmillan
|Publication date:||2nd September 2005|
|Author:||Frank Cottrell Boyce|
|Suitable for:||9+ readers|
|Other Categories:||All Shortlists and Winners|
A World Book Day Author 2019 Frank Cottrell Boyce is an accomplished, successful and award-winning author and screenwriter. His books have been shortlisted for a multitude of prizes, including the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Whitbread Children's Fiction Award (now the Costa Book Award) and the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and Millions, his debut children's novel, won the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2004. Millions was was later turned into a film by Danny Boyle and it features in the Book Trust’s 100 Best Books List for 9-11 year olds. Frank is also a successful writer of film scripts and was the ...More About Frank Cottrell Boyce