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Publication Date: 4 Oct 2018
Subject: Children's novels
Suitable for: Primary (Year 6, Year 7)
AR: 5.8 MY
An autistic boy and Roma girl struggle to save the people they love, and the flamingos that live on the salt flats that surround their homes as World War II come to the Camargue in France.
1942. The south of France.
In the unique landscape of the Camargue, a young autistic boy, Lorenzo, lives among the salt flats and the flamingos. There are lots of things he doesn't understand - but he does know how to heal animals, how to talk to them - the flamingos especially. He loves routine, and music too, and every week he goes to market with his mother.
It's there he meets Kezia, a Roma girl, who helps her parents run their carousel - and who shows him how to ride the wooden horse as the music plays.
But then the German soldiers come, with their guns. Everything is threatened; everything is falling apart: the carousel, Kezia and her family, even Lorenzo's beloved flamingos.
Yet there are kind people even among soldiers, and there is always hope. With help, perhaps Lorenzo and Kezia can mend what has been broken - so that wooden horses will turn again, and music will play, and the flamingos will once more take to the sky.
NOTE : Contains some racist language in the context of the period.
Contains some racist language in the context of the period.
128mm x 198mm
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