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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (491 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce Narrator: Sarah Coomes Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781455822287
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Can classmate Julie protect the brothers from vanishing? With warmth and humor, Carnegie Medalist Frank Cottrell Boyce transports readers from the steppe of Mongolia to the streets of Liverpool in an immigration tale that is compelling, miraculous, and often laugh-out-loud funny. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of the 2012 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Dove Lempke | 2/19/2014

    " I so admire Cottrell Boyce's light touch with important themes. I also love this book's art design, with the lined pages and photographs integrated into the story--it gives it such a real feeling, while all the while you're wondering what kind of story it will turn out to be. I'm very glad to have gotten a chance to read it unspoiled as I think knowing the ending must change the way you read it a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phil Stronge | 2/11/2014

    " A heart warming and enthralling tale that, although strictly speaking a children's book, I'd recommend to everyone. For me the sign of a good book is one that moves you and also leaves you wanting to know more, this was a hit on both counts. I found it engaging and un-put-downable and will definitely be looking to find out more about both Mongolia and also the experiences of children from other countries who come to live in the UK. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/3/2014

    " Using polaroids to supplement the story was effective. Author afterword also interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Denise | 1/25/2014

    " Being a friend can be hard, but well worth the effort. The format of this books should interest all ages! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennie | 1/16/2014

    " I listened to this on CD and the telling was awesome - great expression, English accents and heartwarming effort. Really refreshing to have a contemporary story dealing with illegal immigrants, prejudice, friendship, isolation in such a positive and believable manner without being sentimental. The author's contribution at the end gives the story a context and adds a nice touch to the tale. Although a little slow to start, this story throws out a hook and reels you in. Although targeting the upper primary reader, I have passed this on to my adult friends and all have thoroughly enjoyed it, and their almost adult children have got caught up in it too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna Merrill | 1/13/2014

    " This was a cute little book with a sweet story line. It was a quick read, but it was worth it. And the Polaroid photographs that go along with the story add so much more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 1/9/2014

    " This book was about Mongolia, so you think I would have been devouring it and giving it 5 stars. I liked it better than the other book I brought with me on vacation, but I wasn't blown away by it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 1/6/2014

    " Absolutely beautifully done. Simple and poignant. Delicately, achingly affecting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Holt | 1/2/2014

    " Immigration story told from a young girl's perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 svm | 12/16/2013

    " short and sweet. reminiscent of his other work, millions, of which i was a big fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melody | 12/14/2013

    " Short and simple but powerful story about understanding different cultures. The narrator is an 11 year old Liverpool girl meeting two boys from Mongolia. All of us enjoyed listening to this on our car trip. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mercy | 11/30/2013

    " Lot of punch for such a short book about two brothers from Mongolia and their "good guide" outside of Liverpool. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 9/19/2013

    " Another good children's book by this great author. Not funny like Cosmic, but creative and compelling in its simplicity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emilie | 8/26/2013

    " I really loved this book. It's concepts may be too mature for very young readers, but as an adult, I really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Atkinson | 4/28/2013

    " A wonderfully written immigration tale about two brothers trying to survive and their Good Guide. I loved the polaroid pics throughout, too. Also, highly suggest reading the afterward. Recommended ages 9-12yrs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh | 3/12/2013

    " I loved this book. Like others by Frank Cottrell Boyce, it had a voice of it's own, and is like no other story I can recall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 NC | 1/20/2013

    " Short and sweet. A really good story. Lots of pictures to attract the reluctant reader. Good suspense and a quick read. I love Frank Cottrell Boyce and look forward to any new book of his that I find. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgeann | 6/13/2012

    " Unusual story about 2 mysterious boys that come to school in the U.K. claiming they are from Mongolia. Written from perspective of a girl at the school that befriended them, looking back at the time. Includes copies of Polaroid photos that boys took; provides a hint of mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 4/3/2012

    " A wonderful, odd book. Very compelling characters. clt "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 10/27/2011

    " I was unsure of this book because it seemed so different from his others, but in the end I quite enjoyed it. I suspect it will stay with me for some time. It would make a great read-aloud in an upper elementary or middle school classroom. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mercy | 10/21/2011

    " Lot of punch for such a short book about two brothers from Mongolia and their "good guide" outside of Liverpool. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 10/4/2011

    " delightful and interesting short story about a coat left at a primary school by a mongolian student when they were studying at a school in bootle based loosely on a true story well worth reading "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh | 10/1/2011

    " I loved this book. Like others by Frank Cottrell Boyce, it had a voice of it's own, and is like no other story I can recall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 9/23/2011

    " Short but powerful story about two Mongolian refugee brothers and their impact on their school and one classmate in particular. As in all Cottrell Boyce's writing, empathy and humour are the reader's constant companions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 9/23/2011

    " A wonderfully written immigration tale about two brothers trying to survive and their Good Guide. I loved the polaroid pics throughout, too. Also, highly suggest reading the afterward. Recommended ages 9-12yrs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 8/23/2011

    " A definite Joliet Reads possibility for students in gr. 4-5, this book packs a powerful punch in less than 100 pages!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 8/7/2011

    " This is one great book. The voice of the middle-school girl character is spot-on. An important discussion of immigration is sustained in this exploration of people and places. Highly recommended as a classroom read-aloud and for young readers interested in other cultures.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 7/14/2011

    " This is one of those books that you read through, feeling as if you're really on to something special. Then it ends, and you wonder, "What exactly just happened here?" "Did I like this, or..." "

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About the Author
Author Frank Cottrell Boyce

Frank Cottrell Boyce is the author of Framed, Cosmic, the new Chitty Chitty Bang Bang novels, and Millions, which was made into a movie by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle. He is also a successful writer of film scripts and, along with Danny Boyle, devised the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics.

About the Narrator

Sarah Coomes trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and spent three blissful years there, learning how to cry, speak Shakespeare, and stage fight like a tiger. She is a comedienne and an actress, appearing in numerous television shows in England, including a recurring role as Nurse Leonard in the popular series EastEnders. She won the 2008 Westminster Prize for her play Hookie and an AudioFile Earphones Award for her narration of The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce in 2011.