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Cat Weatherill
Oct 2005
Barkbelly is not like other boys: he was hatched from a wooden egg and he�s literally tough as teak. Brought up by humans in a village far from his kin, he flees his childhood home after an unfortunate accident ends in the death of a young boy.

He then embarks � no pun intended � on a series of adventures that bring him into contact with the circus, the urban jungle, pirates, slave traders and ultimately to Ashenpeake, the island home of his people.

Cat Weatherill�s tale of Barkbelly�s search for his roots addresses some fairly challenging themes: loss, betrayal and the true meaning of love. Ultimately, however, the action rolls on so fast that most will be swept along for the ride.

There�s a slight sense that Barkbelly is a series of fantastical vignettes populated with wild and wonderful characters rather than a coherent whole. However, the real issue if you�re using the book as a bedtime story may be persuading your kids to wait till tomorrow for the next instalment.

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