ACHUKA Book of the Day Mon 10 May 2021
Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week 9 May 2021
“It’s not just the students that need locating, of course, but the sense of adventure that screens can sometimes cauterise (Noah’s discovery of a treasure map helps). The great skill here is that Cottrell-Boyce manages to convey all this through laughs in what, in lesser hands, might have felt like a chastising sermon from an older generation.” Nicolette Jones Sunday Times
“An adventure whose wit and energy recalls E Nesbit’s immortal Oswald Bastable, this is an absolute tonic about using your head instead of relying on technology, or adults.” New Statesman
““I think children’s books engage with the big things: death, or loss, growing up or responsibility. There are powerful forces telling children the world is not a wonderful place. But I think as a children’s writer, you have a duty to provide hope.” Frank Cottrell Boyce, Church Times
A new novel from Frank Cottrell-Boyce is always something to shout about.
When eleven-year old Noah sneaks along on his big sister’s geography field trip, everything goes wrong. Six kids are marooned on an uninhabited island. Their teacher vanishes. They’re hungry. Their phones don’t work and Noah has broken the internet. There’s no way of contacting home… Sounds like last night’s dream (I’m not kidding)!
Then Noah discovers a treasure map and the gang go in search of gold.
Fully illustrated in black and white throughout by Steven Lenton.
Follow Steven on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/steven_lenton/
Frank has uploaded some excellent content during the pandemic, and was particularly active while schools were closed to most children.
Here is a moving address he gave a few months ago in the concert room at St. George’s Hall, Liverpool.