Emil and the Detectives
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Emil and the Detectives

By (author) Erich Kästner , Illustrated by Walter Trier

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If Mrs Tischbein had known the amazing adventures her son Emil would have in Berlin, she'd never have let him go. Unfortunately, when his seven pounds goes missing on the train, Emil is determined to get it back - and when he teams up with the detectives he meets in Berlin, it's just the start of a marvellous money-retrieving adventure ...A classic and influential story, Emil and the Detectives remains an enthralling read.

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 18mm | 158.76g
  • 05 Apr 2001
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • RED FOX
  • London
  • English
  • 0099413124
  • 9780099413127
  • 34,237

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Author Information

Erich Kastner was born in Dresden in 1899, the son of a saddle maker and a maidservant. He was drafted into the army in 1917, and his experiences there were to influence his later pacifism. He published Emil and the Detectives in 1928 to great success. A sequel, Emil and the Three Twins, appeared in 1933, but soon afterwards his books were labelled "contrary to the German spirit" and burned in public by the Nazis. He was interviewed by the Gestapo several times, but remained in Berlin until 1945, when he fled the city to avoid the Soviet assault. After the war he continued to write and remained committed to anti-war movements until his death in 1974.

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"First published in 1929, this is an exciting story about a boy who loses some money and, along with a group of new friends, manages to corner the thief." -- Michael Rosen S Magazine, Sunday Express "Emil is a wonder... the book had, and still has, the effect of making me feel part of Emil's little gang of boys... Emil and the Detectives is a little masterpiece... Read it and you will be happy" -- Maurice Sendak "The main pleasure of the book is in the way in which it plays to the fantasy of omnipotence in a child: that a team of kids could really organise themselves into a team of detectives and catch a thief" -- Michael Rosen Guardian "The perfect introduction to the world of fictional crime detection" Independent

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