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Cuckoo Summer

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They would also only drop off a case of books and leave us to run it – it was so lovely to have you on hand to chat to the children and recommend them books, as well as the small (but appreciated! First and foremost Cuckoo Summer is about the friendship between the two children and the importance of family and community to them both in very different ways. Ross Welford introduces Time Travelling with a Tortoise, the sequel to Time Travelling with a Hamster, and a whole new time travel adventure! Cuckoo Summer is lovingly written and a celebration of the Lakeland and the beauty and remoteness of the area. So, while it's not the most original in terms of setting or plot (the ending was comfortingly predictable), I adored it.

Characters that have individual voices and personalities; a landscape that is as vibrant and interesting as the story; real danger; risk taking; hope, trust, friendship. Polly Crosby tells ReadingZone about her novel, This Tale is Forbidden (Scholastic), a fractured fairy tale set in a dystopian world.

There was just the right amount of choice to suit everyone without being overwhelming and I received comments from parents and staff about the quality of books offered compared to previous sales which have always been based around current crazes and well known celebrity authors. He is a villain in the mould of some of the worst in children’s literature and quite terrifying at times. As the story develops, the stakes grow ever higher for Sally and Tommy and this will keep readers gripped as Cuckoo Summer moves towards its conclusion, when secrets are revealed and a way forward is found. Apart from the gripping plot, one of the best things about this book is its sense of time and place - it makes a real effort to capture the language, traditions and rhythms of a lakeside farm during the Second World War.

It's just so evocatively written - and what a triumph to see this landing in young readers hands, not only sharing the beauty of the countryside but also sharing a little bit of our history too. The remoteness of the setting and life in such a place brings a different element to the war stories. In fact the whole novel is seeped in local accents and Tulloch's ease with dialogue is a strong part of the book's appeal.This is a lovely story full of brilliant, believable characters, sparky dialogue between the two children and running through the whole book a love of the landscape in which the children live. His friend Sally Smith is a bit of a mystery, she is an evacuee From Newcastle but she doesn't tell anyone about home, or her family.

Contrary to what Tommy thinks, she decides they must hide him – and Sally, tough, resourceful, sharp as nails, knows how to fight to get her way. The characters are a delight, especially the determined and resilient, if headstrong, Sally, whose Geordie accent is lovingly rendered, and the Lake District setting is vividly portrayed. The story starts in 1940, when Tommy and Sally have a life changing encounter with a wounded soldier - an airmen - hiding in the woods. It comes as no surprise to learn that the author is a presenter of nature programme and that the story was inspired by family anecdotes of his mother and aunts' wartime childhood experiences on a farm in the Lake District. Meanwhile, Tommy’s having doubts, not only about the size of this secret, or Sally’s circumstances with the hateful Mr Scarcross, but about his father.When they discover a wounded German airman they decide to hide him to keep him safe from Mr Scarcross, the vengeful and embittered farmer with whom Sally lives. Now at last, after many, many attempts, I’ve built all the parts into a book – I first began it 25 years ago. The cruelty she suffers at the hands of Mr Scarcross and her impoverished background is offset against her character’s resilience and humour.

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