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Sunday 19 February 2012

News: New John Boyne Book Due August

I loved John's last book for younger readers, Noah Barleywater Runs Away. It dealt with death in such a touching, innocent and yet realistic way and was definitely one of the best books I read in 2010. Now, he's set to release another children's/YA book. It's called The Terrible Thing That Happened To Barnaby (watch out Tom Clempson, I think someone's coming for your Award for Longest Book Title!) and it's out 2nd August, and published by the lovely folk at Doubleday/Random House. It looks like this...

And it sounds like this...

There’s nothing unusual about the Brockets. Boring, respectable and fiercely proud of it, Alistair and Eleanor Brocket turn up their noses at anyone strange or different. But from the moment Barnaby Brocket comes into the world, it’s clear he’s anything but normal. To the horror and shame of his parents, Barnaby appears to defy the laws of gravity – and floats. 
Little Barnaby is a lonely child – after all, it’s hard to make friends when you’re ten feet in the air. Desperate to please his parents, he does his best to stop floating, but he just can’t do it. Then, one fateful day, Barnaby’s mother decides enough is enough. She never asked for a weird, abnormal, floating child. She’s sick and tired of the newspapers prying and the neighbours gossiping. Barnaby has to go . . . 
Betrayed, frightened and alone, Barnaby floats into the path of a very special hot air balloon. And so begins a magical journey around the world; from South America to New York, Canada to Ireland, and even a trip into space, Barnaby meets a cast of truly extraordinary new friends and realises that nothing can make you happier than just being yourself.

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