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Winner of the 6-8 Nestle Silver Award 2007. As with all Anne Fine novels for whatever age, this one would be good for anyone of 6 or 7 upwards, you get great writing coupled with a great storyline. When Boris is landed with the job of being the new boy’s interpreter, he little realises just how much trouble he is in for. Ivan may speak no English but that’s not going to stop him from making his mark. Can Boris keep Ivan under control especially when he threatens to make his classmates slaves?
It's Ivan's first day at his new school, and Boris is told to look after him, and translate for him, because Ivan can only speak Russian. After all, St Edmund's is a civilized school. Only problem is, Ivan isn't civilized. So when Ivan starts greeting people as 'lowly shivering worms', and asking for words in English like 'crush' and 'mutilate', Boris realises that he's going to have his work cut out for him. And that's just the start of the day... Little does he know that Ivan will leave a lasting influence, and that he himself will never enjoy listening to nursery rhymes ever again.
'Anne Fine is an author who knows how to make readers laugh' Guardian
|Publication date:||1st January 2008|
|Publisher:||Egmont Childrens Books|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 1|
Anne Fine was our Guest Editor in July 2011. Click here to see the books she selected. Anne Fine was born and educated in the Midlands and now lives in County Durham. She has written numerous highly acclaimed and prize-winning books for children and adults. Her novel The Tulip Touch won the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; Goggle-Eyes won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal and was adapted for television by the BBC; Flour Babies won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; Bill's New Frock won a Smarties Prize, and ...More About Anne Fine