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on 3 December 2008
I rushed out and bought this after having read Millions and thinking it was one of the best children's books I'd read for ages. Framed did not disappoint either.
The narrator is Dylan, the only schoolboy left in the dying Welsh town of Manod. Dylan's family run a petrol station, and are scraping to make ends meet. The town is turned upside down after a bunch of mysterious men are seen travelling up the mountain which looms over the town and Dylan and his family investigate.
This is written as a kind of diary by Dylan. There are many wonderful things about this book. It is both serious and has a wonderful lightness of touch. The juxtaposition of the world of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and high art works tremendously well. What I loved best is that Dylan's voice is so authentic. Cottrell Boyce inhabits perfectly the thought processes of a small boy, whilst at the same time letting us see the poignancy of the 'real' adult world underneath. Dylan's acceptance of both worlds and his impartiality in recounting them give them a realism, humour and tenderness which lifts this writing right out of the ordinary.