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A Shirtful of Frogs - a ww2 timeslip novel

A Shirtful of Frogs - a ww2 timeslip novel [Kindle Edition]

Shalini Boland
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The life of a World War 2 evacuee collides with the world of a boy from the present day, in this timeslip adventure.

As World War 2 breaks out, six-year-old Jimmy Sweeney is evacuated from London to the country. He is now an outcast, bullied by the local kids and mistreated by the awful Mrs Cribbins. One night a stranger appears in his room. A tall clean boy who brings him wonderful food and other amazing things. They become friends which is good because pretty soon Jimmy is going to need a friend. His life may depend upon it . . .

Praise for A Shirtful of Frogs:

'While this novel is classified for children, I think it has a lot of cross-over appeal ... it reminds me of how The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe started.' - Tawn Anderson, Author of Providence

‘This is the type of book that you'll find yourself going back to, reading over and over, far into the night. Really, I can't say enough good things!’ - C.S. Einfeld, Author of Neverdark

A Shirtful of Frogs is suitable for ages 10+

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Shalini Boland lives in Dorset, England with her husband and two noisy boys where she writes novels (in between doing the school run and sorting out endless baskets of laundry.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful memoriam - an amazing story 17 Oct 2012
By Shazjera TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Straight away we're into the action. It's 1940 and twins Patrick and Jimmy are causing mayhem on the bus. Passengers think the boys have been scrumping but when Jimmy opens his shirt ... a couple of frogs escape! Next, the reader gets to meet 12 year old Nathan in 2012 as he's moving out of London and in to the country. This is followed by a rather traumatic bombing in 1940 and Jimmy's mother making the decision for all her children to be evacuated to the country. The first night Nathan is in his new home he is woken by sobbing. On investigation he finds one of the attic rooms looking totally different and occupied by Jimmy.

What follows is a very moving story of what life is like for Jimmy as an evacuee and how Nathan (who is also going through similar changes but with the support of a loving family) affects Jimmy's life. At Nathan's new school they are studying WW2 and in the school archives there's a photograph of Jimmy and also a newspaper article that turns Nathan's involvement into a race to save his life.

Both environments are very well written. I could just imagine myself joining in the skipping game and hiding under the table in 1940. In 2012 it was easy to feel myself getting frustrated with my Maths homework and flinging my book across the room! What I think is more important though, is the depth to both Jimmy's and Nathan's feelings. How Jimmy feels as he leaves his mum, waiting in the church hall at their destination and seeing his brothers and sisters being chosen - how Nathan feels about leaving his life in London, his friends, his school, the leisure things he does ... are very sensitively explored.

The pace of the plot is fast and I really enjoyed the way the two worlds came together. The tension at one point is almost unbearable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Tale waiting to be Told 6 July 2013
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Shalini Boland has a natural gift for story-telling; her voice is vivid, alive and infectious; her narrative has drive and impetus, making it hard to put down.
WWII evacuation left its mark on a whole generation; some had it good, many did not. The twist in the tale here is how Nathan from the present is drawn into Jimmy's world from the past - while there is terror, drama and darkness, there is also humour and impishness, reaching a highly satisfying, well-thought out climax without ever cloying it with sentimentality.
A Shirtful of Frogs combines fact with fiction in a deeply compelling way, and deserves to join ranks with the likes of the Children of Green Knowe, Tom's Midnight Garden, The Ogre Downstairs and many other children's classics, old and new. Having said that, it is a book for all ages and would make an excellent film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 19 Aug 2012
By Tom
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I really enjoyed this book, I can't really say too much without giving much away, but I did cringe at the dog poo episode. Great for understanding the blitz and WW2 evacuees and how it must have felt being given to a family where you were neither wanted nor loved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner - great for boys aged 8-12 18 Aug 2012
By AdeleR
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After a charming beginning, this book surprised me by turning into a real page-turner. My heart was pounding as I worried about what might become of the hero, Jimmy, as his friend Nathan tries desperately to help him - from a different time in history. It gave me an insight into what it was like to be an evacuated kid during WW2 - and it turns out the countryside was not the safest place to be, even without London's bombs.

A wonderful study in empathy, I think boys in particular would really get a lot out of this book, and it's perfect for anyone studying WW2.

Highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating read 17 Aug 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
What a gem of a book this is blending war time drama with a modern day twist. The characters are well rounded and the sorry flows nicely with good pace and a sense of humor. I would thoroughly recommend a Shirtful of Frogs as a refreshing read and one that gave me some wonderfully colorful imagery. Top notch and a nice read before bedtime, suitable for adults and children alike.
D.J Milne
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