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Cuckoo Summer

Cuckoo Summer

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For reasons of their own, they are determined to keep the news secret but, for all Tommy's local knowledge and all Sally's resourcefulness, can this be possible? The descriptions of the setting, the tarns and the wildflowers all bring the world to life as the reader is drawn into the adventure. But then they find a German airman, he'd parachuted out of a plane that was coming down in Woundale. The story centres on two children, one resident farmer, being brought up by three aunts while the men are away fighting, and one evacuee, who turns out to be a runaway.

What’s more, it seems the airman is injured and needs more than Sally’s stolen food and first aid kit.

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. The characterisation is strong: it's not just Tommy and Sally who have back stories that plausibly inform their actions. This is the start of an adventure that will colour the summer and bring the war right into their lives. 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.

Tommy’s Dad is missing while on active service in the war and Tommy lives on the family farm with his Aunties. The story is gently spiced with natural history to give a sense of space and surroundings, a backdrop to the dramatic events that take place amongst the characters. The lives of the people living on remote farms and the plight of evacuees sent to stay with people who should not be allowed near children are shockingly recounted. However, they soon find that they are in danger too, and questions are being asked about Sally's past.

It kept me interested from the first page to the last, and even gave a little emotional kick at the end. Set in a Lake District farming community in 1940, the story follows the adventure of two children, local boy Tommy - who tells the story - and Tyneside evacuee, Sally. His father is missing in action, and his best friend, Sally, is a mischievous and fearless evacuee from Tyneside. 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. They would also only drop off a case of books and leave us to run it – it was so lovely to have you on hand to chat to the children and recommend them books, as well as the small (but appreciated!

I haven't charted out my visits for the summer term, but I'm sure there are several in the south) and thanks so much for being so fantastic! My only concern is that there are some lengthy, graphic descriptions of animal cruelty in the story, which are upsetting even for an adult to read. The Lake District is untainted by WWII, with only the evacuees and drafted soldiers any indication there is a war going on, which was a refreshing take of the children's wartime novel – so many stories of the same genre often thrust you right into the action. It comes as no surprise to learn that the author is a presenter of nature programme and that the story was inspired by family anecdotes of his mother and aunts' wartime childhood experiences on a farm in the Lake District. 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.The cast of characters include Tom’s Auntie Annie whose stoical but caring attitude is in sharp contrast to the bitter, anger displayed by Mr Scarcross.

Jonathan Tulloch's writing takes you straight into the story's time, during WWII, and place; a small Lake District village. The cruelty she suffers at the hands of Mr Scarcross and her impoverished background is offset against her character’s resilience and humour. When they find a wounded Nazi airman in the woods, Sally persuades Tommy not to report it but to keep the German hidden. I grew fond of some of the characters and think that Silent Simon who works on the Scarcross farm deserves a story of his own.Inspired by the stories the author heard about his mother’s childhood on a Lakeland farm and wartime events in the area Cuckoo Summer has an authenticity and a sense of time and place that ensures this historical fiction is credible. Andersen Press) Although Tommy’s holding in his worries about his missing father, his aunts are aware of his feelings.

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