When two Mongolian brothers inexplicably appear one morning in Julie's Year Six class, no one, least of all Julie, knows what to make of them. But then Chingis, the older of the two, proclaims that Julie is to be their "Good Guide" a nomadic tradition that makes her responsible for welcoming the brothers to their new home. Now Julie must somehow navigate them through soccer, school uniforms, and British slang, all while trying to win Shocky's attention and an invitation to her friend Mimi's house. Often laugh-out-loud funny, this moving and simply told novella tugs at the heart - a unique story of immigration both fierce in its telling and magical in its characters. (Ages 8-12)
Frank Cottrell Boyce doesn't exaggerate any part of this story - the boys are not overly sentimentalized; their connection with Julie is not too thickly drawn; their mystery is not melodramatic. The story is sparse in words but not sparse in feeling and meaning... The Unforgotten Coat is a quick and powerful read. Young middle graders can easily read it, but it is suitable for upper middle graders, young adults, and adults too. (Reviewed by Tamara Smith).
Wall Street Journal
A funny and affecting book... this story from the author of Millions may make readers regard foreign students at their schools with new appreciation.
In an author's note Boyce explains his inspiration, making an already moving story even more so. Ages 8 - 12.
Starred Review. To complete the narrative, readers must actively participate. They'll find myriad paths to follow - immigration, demons, social networking, the mystery of cultural difference and the nature of enchantment. A tricky, magical delight.
This is a funny, sad, and heartwarming story of the ways in which children come together and make their own communities.
The Guardian (UK)
[A] funny, original and moving tale... Only a hundred pages in length, it is a joy to read.
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