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Cuckoo Summer

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Initially, the plot appears straightforward, but it is the relationship between Tommy and Sally which holds the magic to this story. 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. Descriptions of country life and of the Fells demonstrate tenderness, and the Cumbrian countryside is almost another secondary character, but these descriptions aren’t laboured.

In the opening sentences, the two children come across a German airman who has parachuted from his plane, which has been shot down. The unfolding of Sally’s story and the close friendship between these children, and the silent Simon is a pleasure. Cuckoo Summer is lovingly written and a celebration of the Lakeland and the beauty and remoteness of the area. Only gradually do we find out why Sally is compelled to forge this bond with another human being, alone and in need of help, despite putting herself in grave danger by doing so.Cuckoo Summer tells the story of local boy Tommy whose family have been farmers on the fells for generations.

Together the children seek to keep the airman’s whereabouts a secret, which sets off a chain of events that changes their lives. 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.

Author of eight novels, including The Season Ticket, Give Us This Day and Mr McCool , Jonathan’s work has been filmed, staged and Radio 4 serialised.

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. Author of eight novels, including The Season Ticket, Give Us This Day and Mr McCool, Jonathan's work has been filmed, staged and Radio 4 serialised. Andersen Press) Although Tommy’s holding in his worries about his missing father, his aunts are aware of his feelings.Cuckoo Summer is a perfect book to share alongside WWII topics, and it will be loved by any child looking for an immersive story of adventure and friendship. So, while it's not the most original in terms of setting or plot (the ending was comfortingly predictable), I adored it. 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. Sally’s sponsor, Mr Scarcross, a gruff bully, was a soldier who fought in World War 1 and he and the local Home Guard are intent on finding the missing navigator. The only person who can make him smile is Sally, an evacuee from Tyneside living with sour old Farmer Scarcross who is their nearest neighbour.

Your comment about teachers who love to “do voices” made me laugh, I have always loved to “do voices” but a north-east accent is one I’d struggle with! Despite the remoteness of the place, war has touched them is several ways and Tommy's dad is missing in action. Rebecca is a committee member of the National Association of Advisers in English (NAAE) and a member of the Academic Advisory Board for Bookmark (volunteer reading charity). The characters are a delight, especially the determined and resilient, if headstrong, Sally, whose Geordie accent is lovingly rendered, and the Lake District setting is vividly portrayed. It is the summer of 1940, and Tommy lives with his three Aunts and young niece on a farm in Woundale in the Lake District.It's just so evocatively written - and what a triumph to see this landing in young readers hands, not only sharing the beauty of the countryside but also sharing a little bit of our history too. Yesterday a parent came over to tell me how impressed she was by the book fair and that you did a fabulous job of selling the books to the children first. It was such a pleasure to meet you both, and I really appreciated how smoothly and professionally you ran everything. The quiet farming community may seem almost untouched by war compared to the cities, but that's clearly not the case, as Tommy awaits news of his missing father. 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.

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