The unforgotten coat (#0278TS9)

by Cottrell Boyce, Frank; illustrated by Hunter, Carl

10 reviews & awards | 6 full-text reviews

Hardcover Candlewick Press, 2011
Price: USD 15.77
Description: 92 p. : col. ill. ; 22 cm.
Dewey: -Fic-; Audience: Upper Elementary; Reading Level: 4.6
AR 4.4 MG 2 145775EN; RC 4.4 5; LEX 710L
From the publisher: Grades 3-7; Ages 8-12
From Booklist: Grades 3-6; Kirkus: Ages 8-12; PW: Ages 8-12; SLJ: Gr 5-7; read the full-text reviews


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From Follett

Julie's life becomes more complicated after the two Mongolian brothers in her Year Six class declare her to be their "Good Guide," which means she is responsible for welcoming the brothers to their new home, helping them with school uniforms, and explaining British slang; meanwhile, Julie tries to win the attention of a boy and gain an invitation to Mimi's house.

From the Publisher
From the best-selling author of Cosmic and Millions comes an evocative immigration tale about two brothers trying to survive-- a daring story that miraculously defies belief.

When two Mongolian brothers inexplicably appear one morning in Julie's sixth grade class, no one, least of all Julie, knows what to do with them. But when Chingis, the older of the two brothers, proclaims Julie as their "Good Guide" -- a nomadic tradition of welcoming strangers to a new land -- Julie must somehow navigate them through soccer, school uniforms, and British slang, all while trying to win Shocky's attention and perhaps also an invitation to her friend Mimi's house. At times funny, this moving and simply told novella tugs at the heart -- a unique story of immigration both fierce in its telling and magical in its characters.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication Date: September 13, 2011
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
  • Dewey: -Fic-
  • Classifications: Fiction
  • Description: 92 p. : col. ill. ; 22 cm.
  • ISBN-10: 0-7636-5729-8
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7636-5729-1
  • LCCN: 2010-048224
  • Follett Number: 0278TS9
  • Reading Level: 4.6
  • Audience: Upper Elementary
  • Grades: 3-7
  • Ages: 8-12
  • Booklist: Grades 3-6
  • Kirkus: Ages 8-12
  • Publishers Weekly: Ages 8-12
  • School Library Journal: Gr 5-7
  • ATOS Book Level: 4.4
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: 2
  • AR Quiz: 145775EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 4.4
  • Reading Counts Points: 5
  • Lexile: 710L

Reviews & Awards
  • ALA Notable Children's Books, 2012
  • Booklist, 09/01/11
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 11/01/11
  • Horn Book Magazine, 04/01/12
  • Kirkus Reviews starred, 08/01/11
  • Library Media Connection, 01/01/12
  • Publishers Weekly starred, 08/22/11
  • School Library Journal, 11/01/11
  • Wilson's Children, 10/01/12
  • Wilson's Junior High School, 10/01/12

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (September 1, 2011 (Vol. 108, No. 1))
Grades 3-6. With both humor and sorrow, this chapter book tells a contemporary refugee story in which illegal immigrants help a local kid find a sense of belonging. When Mongolian Chingis and his younger brother, Nergui, turn up in Julie’s sixth-grade class in Bootle, near Liverpool, they ask her to be their guide in “learning themselves ordinary.” They ask about the rules of football and the right buzzwords, and Chingis tells Julie about the exotic wonders of Genghis Khan’s Xanadu and shows her, and the reader, amazing Polaroids of nomads in the desert. In her first-person narrative, Julie describes the moving friendship, and even while the brothers hide from authorities, they help Julie learn to see the strange and wonderful in her own home, especially after she discovers that their “exotic” pictures were taken right where she lives, in the nearby fields and alleyways. Inspired by the many photo images throughout the story, readers will see the riches in the smallest details—even schoolyard trash cans.

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