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A Parcel of Patterns (Aerial Fiction) [Paperback]

Jill Paton Walsh , Norman Walsh
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Sep 1992 Aerial Fiction
When the villagers of Eyam isolate themselves to prevent the Plague spreading, Mall is separated from her beloved Thomas. This book won the Universe Literary Prize and was a runner-up for the Whitbread Literary Award.
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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish; Reprint edition (Sep 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374457433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374457433
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.5 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 892,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Children's Classic 30 May 2000
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Format:Paperback
Mal tells the story of her village. Her voice is deceptively direct and simple. But she sees the world with the piercing clarity of a young woman teetering on the edge of adult hood. She peoples her village with shambolically ordinary folk who are all wanting in some way. Yet by the end of the story they have acheived a remarkable act of courage. For Eyam is the Derbyshire village that attempted to stop the spread of the plague by cutting themselves off from the world regardless of the consequences to themselves.
Few books have ever touched me so deeply. It asks of everyone who reads it, what if it had happened to me? For you, your next door neighbour, your friends and your acquaintences are to be found in Eyam, not heroes.
Forget Harry Potter, if you want your children to read something other than fantasy give them this book. Better still read it yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eyam 2 April 2008
Format:Paperback
I gave this to my better readers in my class as homework. They enjoyed the story and learnt empathy from the characters. One child wrote in her reveiew that it made you want to turn the next page quickly to see what happened next. These were 8 and 9 year olds. The Year 6 teacher read it to her class and they also enjoyed the stpry and were able to relate to the characters.
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By karen
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Bought this book as I had a family history connection to the village of Eyam. The author captured the essence of the village and my ancestor was even mentioned!
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