- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1986 KB
- Print Length: 244 pages
- Publisher: Adrenalin Books (29 Nov. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008GFZWYK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
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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.
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. I enjoyed watching the developing friendship between the two boys. I must say that Nathan is very creative in trying to get back to 1940 The reader can't help but feel heartbroken at Jimmy's plight both at home and school ... and frustrated and powerless against Mrs Cribbens.
At the end of the story we find out from the author that certain events happened in reality. I think this story is a wonderful memoriam to her father-in-law. Shalini Boland has created an amazing story around his memories. Furthermore, I think A Shirtful of Frogs should be a recommended read for Year 5/6 as part of studying the topic of WW2! I would also recommend for any YA going through change in their lives because of the way Boland deals with this sensitively by showing that change is not a negative thing. Also recommended for any adults who enjoy YA novels!
What makes this story so interesting is that the author has chosen to base the main wartime character, Jimmy, and his treatment on the real life experiences of the author's father-in-law, evacuated during The Blitz, contrasting his and his sibling's existence very effectively with the relatively 'cosseted' treatment of the main protagonist, Nathan, depicted from the modern era.
If you have young teenage children, I think this story should particularly appeal, though it is worth a read at any age.
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