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Just Henry (Hollis Family Books) by [Magorian, Michelle]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
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"'The author has a wonderful gift for hanging a richly woven tapestry around an essentially simple frame.' Times Education Supplement."

About the Author

Michelle Magorian Michelle Magorian is the best-selling author of numerous award-winning stories for children. Several of her books, including Goodnight, Mr Tom and Just Henry have been adapted for TV, helping book sales to reach the millions in the UK alone. Michelle was born in 1947 in Portsmouth, Hampshire, of a Welsh mother and Irish father with an Armenian Surname! Michelle Spent her toddler years in Singapore and two-and-a-half years (aged 7-9) in Australia. In between times, up to the age of eighteen, she lived in Portsmouth. She was educated at Kilbreda college, Mentone (Victoria, Australia) and the Covent of the Cross, Waterlooville, Hampshire. From 1969-1970 she was a mime student at Marcel Marceau's L'Ecole International de Mime in Paris. Since then Michelle has worked in theatre, television and films and has an established reputation as a comedienne, performing in plays and musicals. Michelle also toured with her one woman mime show in Italy and England. Some of her best-loved stories include A Spoonful of Jam, A Little Love Song, Cuckoo in the Nest, Just Henry and Goodnight, Mr Tom. Her extensive list of awards includes the Costa Prize and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1046 KB
  • Print Length: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont (5 Mar. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003B0W1ZS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #184,282 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
The book is set in late 1949 (ah! I remember it well)and fourteen year old Henry lives with his mother, stepfather, little sister and his Gran. Henry knows his father died a hero and, in his eyes, 'Uncle Bill' does not match up and Gran agrees. There is conflict enough at home without the new teacher taking against him. Especially as he acts so friendly to the two boys that nobody wants to know. However, slowly Henry's eyes are opened to truth after truth till a photo that he has taken turns his world upside down.

This was one of the most gripping and enjoyable books for youngsters that I have read. To write a 700 page book for children is challenge enough. To succeed in making every one of those pages captivating is a tremendous achievement. The author populates her book with distinct and clearly defined characters which young readers will come to regard as friends - but, of course, not everyone can be depended on.

It is the gradual resolution of one mystery after another that involves both Henry and the reader in this terrific tale. The plot moves from one puzzle to the next with obvious care and simplicity so that, despite its length, the story is over all too soon.

For the younger reader, there is much social history on subtle display. How attitude have changed to divorce and unmarried mums! For the reader who remembers 1949, it is a luxurious wallow in forgotten memories such as Saturday morning picture shows, the launch of The Eagle comic and some marvelous black and white movies. For all, it is a heart warming, engrossing read.

It is ten years since the last book by Michelle Magorian. This superb book justifies the wait.
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Being a big fan of Goodnight Mr. Tom, I was interested to read Michelle Magorian's latest book. Henry is a boy fascinated by the cinema, who goes mostly to escape the absence of his war hero father. He's disgusted to be paired with the son of a deserter and an illegitimate child when he's given a school project on the cinema, but once he breaks free from the narrow-minded influence of his tyrannical granny, it turns out nothing is as it seems. It's over 700 pages long, but it flows brilliantly and it's a real page turner. I got this book for my nana, who was a kid at the same time as Henry, and she enjoyed it just as much as I did. Gripping and charming in equal quantities, and a must-read for fans of Magorian.
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A Kid's Review on 19 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
I was eyeing Just Henry suspiciously, I had loved the weighty Harry Potter books, but would this be as good? Well, I decided to have a go as Goodnight Mister Tom was fantastic, and Just Henry was (if possible) even better!
Henry lives just after the second world war with his Mother, Uncle Bill - his boring and mean old Stepfather, his little half-sister Molly and lovely, adorable Gran. Henry has dreamed of his real father, who died a hero by saving someone's life and thinks that Uncle Bill is boring.
In class everyone had to write down what they would like to be when they were older. Henry who spends almost all of his free time at the cinema decides to be a projectionist, but is then in a group with two family enemies - Pip and Jeffries.
As Henry starts working with them, his life starts changing and then with the help of Mrs Beaumont's camera, Henry unravels an unknown secret about Gran and eventually his Dad...
Is his Dad who he thinks he has?
Is Uncle Bill as boring as Henry makes out?
Is Gran really as kind as she makes out?
All these questions will slowly unravel in the book...

I found this book utterly brilliant. There was nothing to improve on it.
I would recommend it for a boy or girl, ages 10+.
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A good book.
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I was completely unaware how long this book was (I read it on my kindle) but I did know it was aimed at children as I have read Magorian's two previous excellent novels - Back Home and Goodnight Mister Tom.

This is the story of Henry, just Henry because as we discover throughout the story he is coming to terms with not being who he thought he was a Dodge and then a Carpenter, growing up with one ideal and heroic view of life and his past only to see it shatter in front of his very eyes and a new future build in front of him with far reaching consequences.

Henry lives with his mother, his half sister Molly and his `Uncle' Bill. Also residing in the front room is Gran, the mother of his lost heroic father who died saving Private Jeffries. Gran is the one who is keeping Henry's father alive and making sure that he leads a life his father wanted. This has isolated Henry and when a new school teacher, Mr Finch makes him work with two what his Gran calls undesirables, Jeffries (whose father is a deserter) and Pip (who is illegitimate) Henry has to face a lot of prejudices all of them born from himself.

Through the medium of post war Britain trying to recover Magorian creates a world where we learn about the bomb sites which are picked over by the local children, what was left from destruction by the bombing, rationing is still on and everyone is trying to make do and mend five years after the war has ended. Magorian uses cinemas and films to unite all the youngsters and the adults in the film.

This is where there is no class divide, where it does not matter about your parentage but where everyone enjoys the images on the screen.
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