Synopses & Reviews
"Boyce follows Cosmic with a tight, powerful story brimming with humor, mystery, and pathos about illegal immigration and the price it exacts on children. Two Mongolian brothers, Chingis and Nergui, arrive at a British school wearing fur coats and refusing to follow the teacher's instructions that Nergui remove his hat that's low on his face: 'When you need your eagle to be calm,' Chingis says, 'you cover its eyes with a hood. When you want the eagle to fly and kill, you take off the hood.' The class is enthralled, and when Chingis singles our sixth-year Julie to be their 'Good Guide,' things that had previously fascinated her (makeup, boys) fall away as she bones up on Genghis Khan and helps the boys learn Liverpudlian slang and the rules of football 'learning themselves ordinary,' she terms it. They tell her they are hiding from a demon, punctuating their tall tales with Polaroids, taken by Hunter and Heney (Boyce's filmmaker collaborators), which deepen the mystery. In an author's note Boyce explains his inspiration, making an already moving story even more so. Ages 8 12. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Frank Cottrell Boyce has written several children's books, including MILLIONS, winner of the Carnegie Medal, and COSMIC, both of which have been turned into films. This is his first book with Candlewick Press. He lives in England with his family.
Carl Hunter and Clare Heney are both filmmakers who have partnered on a number of short films, including an adaptation of Frank Cottrell Boyce's short story Accelerate. They live in England.