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Award-winning Phil Earle’s When the Storm Rages is a brilliant story of great courage and total chaos all told with the warmest heart
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2022
When Noah’s father goes off to fight in the war Noah promises that he will look after their dog Winn. But how can he do that if he is evacuated to the country? Noah, like all his friends, are told their pets will have to be put down when they go away. There is no way that Noah will let that happen to Winn! Instead, Noah and his friends and their pets – including a pretty terrifying Python – take off on a leaky old boat travelling up the Thames to find the animals a place of safety. Can Noah keep his promise to his dad? It’s a journey of a lifetime and only the children’s resilience and passion for their animals and the right for them to stay alive can make it come true!
Julia’s Eccleshare's Picks for June 2022
While the Storm Rages by Phil Earle
Luna Loves Dance by Joseph Coelho
Never Grow Up by Roald Dahl
The Consquence Girl by Alastair Chisholm
Just Like Grandpa Jazz by Tarah L Gear
The Robber Raccoon by Lou Kuenzler
Friends Like These by Meg Rosoff
As Noah Price’s dad marches off to fight, he asks his son to honour one vital promise: that he will keep their dog, Winn, safe. No matter what. Noah agrees, but his best intentions are crushed when the government advises people to have their pets put to sleep as part of the war preparations. Children are heartbroken, queues outside vets’ surgeries stretch for miles.
But Noah is a resourceful and impetuous child. He won’t just do what he is told. Far from it. With his two friends in tow, he makes a pledge. To go on the run, and save as many animals as he can, whatever the cost.
So begins the most thrilling of adventures, involving a stolen ark, a motley crew of animals and a crashed Spitfire.
Praise for When the Sky Falls:
‘An extraordinary story . . . Deeply felt, movingly written, a remarkable achievement’ Michael Morpurgo
‘Utterly brilliant, original and so very, very moving . . .a triumph for kids’ lit’ Sarah Crossan
‘A magnificent story . . . it deserves every prize going’ Philip Pullman
|Publication date:||1st June 2022|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 2|
|Topics:||Adventure Stories, Animals, Historical Fiction, Warfare & Battles|
Phil Earle was born and raised in Hull. His first job was as a care worker in a children’s home. Phil then chose the more sedate life of a bookseller, and now works in children’s publishing. He is the author of several award-winning novels including Being Billy which won the 2012 weRead Award and was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award. He lives in YorkshireMore About Phil Earle