The Casebooks of Captain Holloway: The Disappearance of Tom Pile
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The Casebooks of Captain Holloway: The Disappearance of Tom Pile

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On a bitterly cold winter's night in 1900, a young boy disappears without trace from the forest near his home in the quiet village of Litton Cheney. He is never found, but the man he was with claims he was snatched by angels. Forty years later, Corporal Jack Carmody is sent to investigate strange reports of mysterious lights above Litton Cheney. The villagers suspect German bombers overhead, but Carmody knows there's something far more intriguing going on. And when a terrified boy appears in the graveyard, convinced it's the year 1900, it's up to Carmody and his boss - the charismatic Captain Holloway - to uncover the truth.show more

Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 20mm | 220g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552567760
  • 9780552567763
  • 842,341

About Ian Beck

IAN BECK has worked as a freelance illustrator for many years (including such notable artwork as the record cover for Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album). Ian turned to writing and illustrating children's books when his own children were born.show more

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"A cracker . . . Utterly convincing" -- Philip Pullman "WW2, somewhere in southern England. Our mathematically and psychically gifted soldier-narrator is on a secret mission . . . Despite the diversity of its elements, this is a well-paced, enjoyable read, which effectively combines ideas generally not seen together in WW2 fiction, and certainly not children's fiction" * Armadillo * "The real-life location, historical detail and plausible contemporary voices give this conviction" * Sunday Times *show more

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"The real-life location, historical detail and plausible contemporary voices give this conviction"show more

Back cover copy

‘I’m from this village. I’ve lived here all my life . . .’ His voice trailed off. ‘All your life, you say. But,’ I pointed out, ‘the warden here doesn’t know you at all, and he knows everyone in this village and hereabouts.’ ‘Well, I don’t know him,’ the boy said, shaking his head wildly. ‘I don’t know anything or anyone any more.’ On a bitterly cold night in 1900, a young boy disappears from the forest near the quiet village of Litton Cheney. He is never found, but the man he was with claims he was snatched by angels. Forty years later, mysterious lights are spotted above Litton Cheney, and Corporal Jack Carmody is sent to investigate. The villagers suspect German bombers overhead, but Carmody works for a secret government department that delves into the strange, the supernatural and the unexplained, and knows there's something far more intriguing going on. And when a terrified boy appears in the graveyard, convinced it's the year 1900, it's up to Carmody and his boss - the charismatic Captain Holloway - to uncover the truth.show more

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11 ratings
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2 18% (2)
1 9% (1)
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