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The Trouble with Donovan Croft Paperback – 5 Jun 2008

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Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Age Range: 9 - 11 years
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Reissue edition (5 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192755560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192755568
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 872,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A remarkable book, sympathetic yet unsentimental (Children's Book Review)

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A reissue of this groundbreaking book whose themes are as relevant today as they were when it was first published

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Bernard Ashley became one of my favourite authors when I read this as a callow 12 year old in 1985. It was a Christmas gift and I still have that edition; I bought this one for my daughter and she loved it too. Ashley's ability to comment on class, race and social inequalities without being either patronising or insensitive is his greatest strength, and this novel about an adopted West Indian boy in urban Britain who refuses to speak until he is ready, is no exception.
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this book was written by my old headmaster in junior school, Bernard Ashley. he was an inspiring man to a ten year old girl. I loved to write stories & he very much encouraged this so when I stumbled across this book whilst browsing Amazon, nostalgia kicked in & I had to buy it. I remember enjoying the book as a child, & as a 46 year old foster carer & an aspiring writer myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the book again. its cleverly written, with real insight into the workings of the minds of children & also the care system within which foster children find themselves. I particularly appreciated the forward which wasnt there of course when I read the book 30 odd years ago, Mr Ashley explains to youngsters reading the book today, about the world as it was back in the 70s & speaks of a time where mobile phones & social media sites & indeed internet werent around. Its a great read & I thoroughly recommend for adults & children alike.
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This is another book I read when I was later at Secondary School. It is a reminder of the ignorance and prejudice of the 70's ( I was born 1961) and also of race relations. As Bernard Ashley mentions, Donovan's condition was not fully understood at the time (it is now), but this is part of what makes the book so entertaining. It takes people a long time to realise the seriousness of Donovan's condition, and the reasons for it, but once it is recognised, Donovan is treated with more understanding. It takes a very serious incident at the end (I'll not say what it is) to make Donovan fully recover, and create a bond between Donovan and Keith. I am only sorry that it has been politically corrected from when I read it in the seventies! However, it is worth reading, and it is very compelling!
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Bernard Ashley is one of the countrys best loved authors He always gets to the heart of the children he writes about and who read him. I have re-wrapped it to send to a little girl in Scotland.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 20 Jun. 2009
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I read this as a kid and loved it. It's a brilliant story and I'm glad to have located the book once again. It arrived in excellent condition too.
4.0 out of 5 stars the trouble with donovan croft 7 Dec. 2006
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I really enjoyed this book. One of the reasons I enjoyed this book is because it is very realistic, and there is some suspense. I really like it how the author doesn't reveal everything about Donovan at the beginning of the story.

But this book also made me think. It made me think about the children that have no parents, or parents that can't take care of them.
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