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Close to the Wind

Written by Jon Walter

Key Stage 3

Close to the Wind Synopsis

A war torn country - a town that is burning. A single ship waits at the port for those who can escape. How can a boy and his grandfather hope to get on board? And will they find his mother before it leaves? When Papa meets two old friends, he makes a deal that could save them all. But this is only the beginning of the journey for Malik. If he is to escape he will need all of his courage, his sense of right and wrong and a magic trick that he must practice till it's perfect.

Close to the Wind Press Reviews

'I can't recommend it highly enough' The Guardian

'A beautiful read' The Sun

'Original and cleverly plotted tale of betrayal, sacrifice and ingenuity illuminates the refugee experience in any place or time' Children's Book of the Week, The Sunday Times

Book Information

ISBN: 9781910200179
Publication date: 5th February 2015
Author: Jon Walter
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 3

About Jon Walter

Jon Walter is inspired by the power of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. A former photojournalist, he took pictures of the people we rarely get to see, and as a writer he listens out for the quieter voices of those that don't get heard. Here, inspired by the suffragette movement, he explores how it was the everyday decisions of women over their own lives that made its success inevitable. Jon's previous books, Close to the Wind and My Name's Not Friday, were also published by DFB, and have been shortlisted for numerous awards. Photo credit - Katie Vandyck

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