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Cuckoo Summer

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Cuckoo Summer is lovingly written and a celebration of the Lakeland and the beauty and remoteness of the area. There's also the titular cuckoo, a gentle reminder of time passing through the countryside and a nice metaphor for the story arc. As well as being an important story, Cuckoo Summer is an ideal landscape for me; it’s a farm, it’s a community and it’s full of meadows and fells. Tommy and Sally’s friendship, Sally’s story, Tommy’s concerns and then their secret, build a truly absorbing story that we recommend highly to our readers.

This one would work well in city schools because it shows a life completely different from the city and the many traditions which still occur - such as the sheep shearing.

In the opening sentences, the two children come across a German airman who has parachuted from his plane, which has been shot down. Join our community to get personalised book suggestions, extracts straight to your inbox, 10% off RRPs, and to change children’s lives. The only person who can make him smile is Sally, an evacuee from Tyneside living with sour old Farmer Scarcross who is their nearest neighbour. Yesterday a parent came over to tell me how impressed she was by the book fair and that you did a fabulous job of selling the books to the children first.

The cruelty she suffers at the hands of Mr Scarcross and her impoverished background is offset against her character’s resilience and humour. At one point, the children’s unkind teacher, Miss Gently rattles through the timetables, beating her long ruler like ‘an auctioneer watching farmers at a cattle sale. But there is plenty for teachers and adults to explore with readers, including underlying themes of prejudice and poverty. Bronnie is so lovely with the boys and we also felt that having a man enthusing about the books set a great example. The German airman needs their help, but there are much bigger secrets afoot for the children to contend with.His father is missing in action, and his best friend, Sally, is a mischievous and fearless evacuee from Tyneside.

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