The Edge of the Cloud

The Edge of the Cloud

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1969 Carnegie Medal-winning story in which Christina and Will escape Flambards and make their way to London, their heads full of dreams, but what they encounter is a brand new set of problems.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 172 pages
  • 140 x 220mm | 325g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black and white illustrations
  • 0192712985
  • 9780192712981

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Taking up where Flambards (1968, p. 1227, J-481) abruptly left them, lover-cousins Will and Christina land in Aunt Grace's London flat after their Rolls-Royce escape from home. What worked in the romantic, countrified scene of the first book is lost in this flight into "reality": he's eighteen now with a bum leg, an adept pilot seeking a chance to prove it; she's a year younger, orphaned, and anxious to support herself until they are both 21 and exempted from Will's father's custody (it's 1912). The story accelerates as everything is put aright, job-wise, money-wise, love-wise, and finally marriage-wise; its sole sustaining conflict is Christina's heart-in-mouth terror of flying counterposed to Will's insistence that she be brave and tearless. Flambards is safer territory for all concerned - The Edge of the Cloud a precarious place indeed. (Kirkus Reviews)
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715 ratings
3.96 out of 5 stars
5 36% (255)
4 35% (252)
3 22% (157)
2 5% (33)
1 3% (18)
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