Pigeon Summer

Pigeon Summer


By (author) Ann Turnbull

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  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 10mm | 124g
  • Publication date: 2 January 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1406352497
  • ISBN 13: 9781406352498
  • Sales rank: 770,139

Product description

Times are hard but a young girl clings to her dreams in this powerful and poignant historical novel. It is 1930, the height of the Great Depression. Mary Dyer's father has left home in search of work, leaving his beloved racing pigeons in Mary's care - much to her mother's disapproval. During that long, hard summer there is barely enough money for bread, let alone pigeon feed, yet Mary clings to her dreams of racing glory, propelling her into ever deeper conflict with her mother. This is the first engaging novel in the Pigeon Summer trilogy, following the fortunes of the Dyer children, Mary, Lennie and Doreen, growing up in a Shropshire mining town before and during World War II. It was shortlisted for the 1992 Smarties Book Prize and the WH Smith Mind Boggling Books Award, as well as being dramatized for TV and radio.

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Author information

Ann Turnbull has always loved reading and knew from the age of ten that she wanted to be a writer. Her numerous books for young readers include No Friend of Mine, Room for a Stranger, Alice in Love and War, as well as her Quaker trilogy - No Shame, No Fear (shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Book Award and Whitbread Award) Forged in the Fire and Seeking Eden. For younger children, she has also written Greek Myths, illustrated by Sarah Young. Ann lives in Madeley, near Telford, Shropshire.

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"A wonderfully moving story... I would recommend it to anyone." (Independent on Sunday) "Buoyant, direct and unsentimental." (Guardian)"