The Unforgotten Coat

The Unforgotten Coat

Book - 2011
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When two Mongolian brothers inexplicably appear one morning in her sixth grade class, Julie, who lives in a town near Liverpool named Bootle, becomes their new friend and "Good Guide," navigating them through soccer, school uniforms, and British slang.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780763657291
0763657298
Branch Call Number: j COTTRELLB 2011
Characteristics: 42 p. : photos ; 22 cm

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TSCPL_NatalieM Aug 31, 2016

Mysterious and spooky, this fast-paced novel set in modern-day England is told through the eyes of sixth-grader Julie, who is selected by two recently-immigrated Mongolian brothers to be their “Good Guide”. There are elements of surrealism and a bit of an unreliable narrator, leaving the reader always a bit uncertain about which details should be taken at face value. One truth is clearly presented, though: the terror of suddenly being whisked away by immigration officials is a reality many schoolchildren live with every day.

vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

When two mysterious brothers immigrate to Britain from Mongolia, they designate Julie as their guide to the British world. Julie teaches them about school uniforms, slang, and soccer, and helps them feel at home in their new country. Ages 6-12.

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Jan 11, 2015

This is a great quick read for older readers if you want some light reading while you are away etc.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Apr 02, 2012

Few authors have a way of turning you over on your head in the course of reading a children’s title. Boyce can. Can and does. This is, without a doubt, one of the best little books I’ve ever read. A brilliant melding of text and image, it’s a wonderful example of what can happen when an author goes for something entirely new. Highly recommended for any kid wanting to read “a short book” as well as those looking for something a little sophisticated for the 9-12 age set. A true original.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Apr 02, 2012

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Apr 02, 2012

Julie first sees the boys on the playground during break. When the class returns inside the boys follow and suddenly there they are. Chingis and Nergui, two brothers from Mongolia. Almost immediately Chingis identifies Julie as their “Good Guide” who will show them around and tell them everything they need to know. Julie embraces her role with gusto, but as she helps the boys out she wants to know more and more about them. Where do they live? Why do they insist that Nergui is being tracked by a demon that will make him “vanish”. What’s their real story? The trouble is, the moment Julie realizes what’s going on it is far too late.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Apr 02, 2012

“I do know that a country that authorizes its functionaries to snatch children from their beds in the middle of the night can’t really be called civilized.”

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