12-year-old Joel lives with his father in the cold northern part of Sweden. At night he often sneaks out of the house to look for a lonely dog he has seen from his window. On the bridge across the icy river he starts a secret society and has adventures. But one night he discovers that his fathers bed is also empty, and so he will have to come to terms with his fathers newfound love. The harsh reality of Joels world comes vividly to life and leaves the reader spellbound.
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"By the end, readers can rest assured that Joel's journey, and their own, has been a fruitful one. Ages 12-up." - Publishers Weekly
"This stark story leaves much unanswered and is sometimes repetitive and childish, yet is has mature themes and vocabulary." - School Library Journal
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Author Henning Mankell was the acclaimed author of the Kurt Wallander mysteries plus more than 20 other novels, both series and stand-alones. The Kurt Wallander series has been published in thirty-three countries and consistently tops the bestseller lists in Europe, receiving major literary prizes (including the UK's Golden Dagger Award in 2000) and generating numerous international film and television adaptations.
Born in a village in northern Sweden in 1948, Mankell divided his time between Sweden and Maputo, Mozambique until his death in October 2015 from cancer.
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