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Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.
Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2013 and one of Julia Eccleshare’s Stand-out Children’s Book of the Year 2012
Witty and warm-hearted, this is a delightful family story spiced with adventure. Everything is distinctly not normal in Ramzi’s house. While mum’s away studying Domes of the East for her architecture course, dad starts waking in the night to do unusual things such as chasing a hen in Ramzi’s wardrobe and trying to catch frogs in the pantry. The truth is, dad’s homesick for his village in Algeria. Soon Ramzi is off on a great trip but will he be able to find the help he needs to get dad back to normal?
Winner of the 2010 Islamic Foundation International Writing Competition, (8-11 category) and The John C Laurence Award (for writing that improves relations between the races) and Shortlisted for the Muslim Writer’s Award 2011.
The Brandford Boase Award is given annually to the author of an outstanding debut novel for children.
The seven shortlisted titles were:
After the Snow by SD Crockett
The Things We Did for Love by Natasha Farrant
Daylight Saving by Edward Hogan
A Hen in the Wardrobe by Wendy Meddour
Black Arts by Andrew Prentice & Jonathan Weil
A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton
A World Between Us by Lydia Syson
****The Winner was A Boy and a Bear in a Boat.
A funny, heart-warming family story by an exciting new author, set in Britain and Algeria, with fascinating glimpses of traditional Berber culture and lots of colourful characters. The first in the Cinnamon Grove series.
|Publication date:||2nd February 2012|
|Publisher:||Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 2|
Wendy Meddour is the author and illustrator of A Hen in the Wardrobe and The Black Cat Detectives in the Cinnamon Grove series for Frances Lincoln. The series has been critically acclaimed, and A Hen in the Wardrobe won the John C Laurence Award for writing that improves relations between races. It was also shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award for an outstanding first novel. She is also the author of the bestselling Wendy Quill books and writes and paints from her home in Wiltshire.More About Wendy Meddour