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When the Sky Falls

When the Sky Falls

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A boy and a gorilla create an unbelievable bond in this powerful WWII tale for young readers, for fans of Alan Gratz and Michael Morpugo.

"A wonderful story of hurt, kindness, and what it means to be human in an inhumane world." -The Times of London, Children's Book of the Year

In 1940, with his father off to war, Joseph is sent on a train out of his British town into the care of Mrs. F., a gruff woman with no great fondness for children. But he soon discovers her softer side when she takes him to the rundown city zoo and he learns she is the only one who ever checks in on it.

Many of the animals have escaped, been released, or have sadly starved . . . but not Adonis, a huge silverback gorilla. Adonis is strong and ferocious-and a danger to the whole city if a bomb should fall and damage the fence that keeps him in. But as Joseph struggles in his new school and starts to spend more time at the zoo, he finds, unexpectedly, Adonis becoming a loyal new friend.

From acclaimed author Phil Earle comes a touching historical fiction story of how a boy and a gorilla find redemption in each other amid the toughest of circumstances.

Author: Phil Earle
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Published: 04/05/2022
Pages: 320
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.93lbs
Size: 8.55h x 5.79w x 1.16d
ISBN: 9781547609307
Audience: Ages 9-12

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 02/01/2022
Publishers Weekly 02/21/2022
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 04/01/2022
School Library Journal 05/01/2022 pg. 74
Booklist 05/15/2022 pg. 57

About the Author

Phil Earle was born and raised in the north of England and is the author of twenty acclaimed, award-winning books for children and teenagers. He has worked as a caretaker, a drama therapist, a bookseller, and a publisher, and loves talking at schools and festivals around the world. He lives on the side of a very steep hill with his partner, their five children and two dogs.

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