This is a book with real energy.
The story is about a real big issue…. set in the streets of East London where different communities live and work together. But for one boy, whose father is deeply involved with a fascist group, life is hard. His friends are what really matters to him and yet he can’t seem to change his father’s attitude.
He hears a voice from his friend, Fatima, in his head, helping him, like a voice of reason when life gets tough, and tough it certainly gets. Especially when the street is filled with an intimidating march led by his father to drive non whites from their homes.
Fatima and her friends make a stand to stop the march.
Where will Georgie be? Whose side will he be on?
‘For a second I could hear cries of anger and confusion from some of the Fascists close by him. They were soon drowned out by an enormous cheer from behind me…….. But soon, like a receding tide, they all began trudging back the way they had come.’
Joe Layburn at his best, and with a flair for excellent story writing and dialogue that all children will relate to.Dolphinbooksellers, Featured authors, Featured children's book, New titles | Tags: City Stories, Dolphinbooksellers, east london, Frances Lincoln, Joe Layburn, LeytonStories | Comment (1)
Ghostscape is the first novel of Joe Layburn. (Amazon link)
Joe works as a teacher in London’s East End, a far cry from his time as a journalist and televsion reporter. But maybe there are lots of connections between his book and what he had to report for the TV.
Ten year old Aisha is trying to make a life in London’s East End. But she had lived in Somalia and had seen war and dead bodies. Now she was just a girl in a headscarf.
But she had never seen a ghost before, well that was about to change…..
An exciting time slip novel when Aisha is transported back to the Blitz in the 1940′s.
In a world full of changes Aisha comes to rely more and more on her new ghost friend and together they work it out. But you should read the book, its really a great story.
This quotation taken from the first chapter of Ghostscape, called Bombs and Bullies, gives a little idea of the feelings the book fosters.
“Don’t let her get you down, Aisha. You’re worth more than that.” I liked that. He was right. I was worth something. I fell asleep, leaning against him, still with a smile on my face.”
Ghostscape, written by Joe Layburn and illustrated by John Williams is published by Frances Lincoln, first edition in August 2008.
Joe is a great author to have working with children and is part of a team delivering workshops directly with Year 6 children in Newport Primary School, Leyton, East London. This is part of LeytonStories, an exciting new initiative bringing children’s books direct into the community.
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