The Unforgotten Coat

Cottrell Boyce, Frank

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Unforgotten Coat
When two Mongolian brothers inexplicably appear one morning in her sixth grade class, Julie, who lives in a town near Liverpool named Bootle, becomes their new friend and "Good Guide," navigating them through soccer, school uniforms, and British slang.

Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780763657291
Branch Call Number: J FIC C
Characteristics: 92 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.


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Is there really a demon tracking Chingis and Nergui that can make them disappear? When Julie meets two boys from Mongolia who claim they're escaping from such a creature, she finds that being their "good guide" means separating fact from fiction.

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Jan 11, 2015
  • PARTOD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a great quick read for older readers if you want some light reading while you are away etc.

Apr 02, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Few authors have a way of turning you over on your head in the course of reading a children’s title. Boyce can. Can and does. This is, without a doubt, one of the best little books I’ve ever read. A brilliant melding of text and image, it’s a wonderful example of what can happen when an author goes for something entirely new. Highly recommended for any kid wanting to read “a short book” as well as those looking for something a little sophisticated for the 9-12 age set. A true original.


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Apr 02, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12


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Apr 02, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Julie first sees the boys on the playground during break. When the class returns inside the boys follow and suddenly there they are. Chingis and Nergui, two brothers from Mongolia. Almost immediately Chingis identifies Julie as their “Good Guide” who will show them around and tell them everything they need to know. Julie embraces her role with gusto, but as she helps the boys out she wants to know more and more about them. Where do they live? Why do they insist that Nergui is being tracked by a demon that will make him “vanish”. What’s their real story? The trouble is, the moment Julie realizes what’s going on it is far too late.


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Apr 02, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“I do know that a country that authorizes its functionaries to snatch children from their beds in the middle of the night can’t really be called civilized.”


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