The story is set in Scotland where Gavin spends most
of his free time with his Grandad. That is until
his grandfather is hospitalized with a stroke. Day after
day at the hospital, Gavin tries to get through to his now
helpless and speechless Grandad and even after everyone else
has given up Gavin keeps trying.
Our children (then 8 and 10) enjoyed listening to this story,
which I read to them at our morning 'reading parties' before
school last year, and the storyline triggered a number
of interesting conversations about issues that concerned them.
As adults, I think we tend to underestimate how aware, often
Beyond the Book
Peter Dickinson, born in
1927, has written more than fifty novels for
adults and young readers; and has won both
the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread
Children's Award twice.
He is a tall, elderly, bony, beaky, wrinkled
sort of fellow, with a lot of untidy gray
hair and a weird hooting voice in fact he
looks and sounds a bit like Gandalfs crazy