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Cuckoo Summer

Cuckoo Summer

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You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Tommy knows that Sally’s a bit wild and her stories of her past rather unreliable, but what is she hiding? 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. The German airman needs their help, but there are much bigger secrets afoot for the children to contend with. Scarcross isn’t the only bully amongst their neighbours, and Sally is as much the hunted as the man she’s so determined to protect.

The crux of the story turns on their discovery of a wounded German airman who has parachuted from his plane and landed in their fields. It’s a fantastic independent book seller that will actually be responsive and select appropriate books for you.

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. 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. It is Sally who decides they must keep the airman’s whereabouts a secret and protect him, but this won’t be easy. As the cuckoo sings out across the Lake District, life is about to change for ever for local boy Tommy and his friend Sally, the mysterious evacuee girl who lives on the neighbouring farm. The characters in Cuckoo Summer are living, breathing beings and each of them has a distinctive role in the story, which is told from the perspective of Tommy, a loyal and compassionate friend who instinctively knows that all's not right in Sally's world, when she refuses to tell him anything about her former home life.

This starts a chain of events that leads to the uncovering of secrets about Sally's past and a summer of adventure that neither child will ever forget. Bookwagon loves this splendid novel, set in the spellbinding Cumbrian countryside over a Cuckoo Summer of 1940. The blurb sounded suspiciously like Robert Westall's masterpiece, the Machine Gunners, and I wondered doubtfully whether it would measure up. However, they soon find that they are in danger too, and questions are being asked about Sally's past.Fortunately, she is neighbours with Tommy and his aunts, who keen an eye out for her as she and Tommy set out on a summer of adventure. They hide him, from the Home Guard, the leader of whom is a man who fought in WW1, and has become bitter and twisted. A great addition to the genre, carefully crafted, and bringing great gusts of Lakeland hill farming with it . Cuckoo Summer tells the story of local boy Tommy whose family have been farmers on the fells for generations. The story centres on two children, one resident farmer, being brought up by three aunts while the men are away fighting, and one evacuee, who turns out to be a runaway.

This is the start of an adventure that will colour the summer and bring the war right into their lives. 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. Cuckoo Summer is one of those books that you know is going to find a natural place alongside books like Goodnight Mr Tom (Michelle Magorian) and The Valley Of Lost Secrets (Lesley Parr); there is so much to recommend about it. Given that Earle wrote WHEN THE SKY FALLS, one of my favourite wartime stories, as well as the more recently published WHILE THE STORM RAGES, which I also thoroughly enjoyed, my expectations were high.Join our community to get personalised book suggestions, extracts straight to your inbox, 10% off RRPs, and to change children’s lives. Sally’s language took me a little while to get used to but would give teachers who like ‘doing the voices’ during a class read aloud a chance to shine! Your words, like your reviews, bring books to life and give them a voice before the front cover is even turned. For reasons of their own, they are determined to keep the news secret but, for all Tommy's local knowledge and all Sally's resourcefulness, can this be possible? This starts a chain of events that leads to the uncovering of secrets about Sally’s past and a summer of adventure that neither child will ever forget.

The lives of the people living on remote farms and the plight of evacuees sent to stay with people who should not be allowed near children are shockingly recounted.I’m pretty sure that this is the only children’s novel that mentions the hidden treasure of betony, lady’s bedstraw and hare’s-foot clover. Against all odds, the navigator escapes by parachute, landing in a remote dale where he is discovered by local boy, Tommy, and evacuee, Sally. When they find a wounded Nazi airman in the woods, Sally persuades Tommy not to report it but to keep the German hidden. I loved the setting of this book too, in the green countryside of the Lake District, farming for victory and doing what they could for the war effort. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.

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