10th November 2014

The Unforgotten Coat

The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce

The Unforgotten Coat

by Frank Cottrell Boyce

The Unforgotten Coat perfectly conveys how it feels to look back at your last year of primary school. Cottrell Boyce is a prolific and celebrated children’s author who has written modern classics such as ‘Cosmic’. This book won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2012.

Julie returns to her old primary school before it is due to be knocked down and discovers a fur-lined coat in the cloakroom of Mrs Spendlove’s classroom. Inside the pocket, she finds polaroid photographs taken by Chingis who joined the class in Year 6 along with his younger brother Nirgui. Using the photographs to help her remember, Julie retells the story of how she became their ‘good guide’ and about the daemon which was chasing them. Do they survive? You’ll have to read for yourself to find out.

Like all Frank Cottrell Boyce’s books, The Unforgotten Coat is laugh-out-loud funny. However, it was commissioned by a refugee charity and combines humour with a believable and moving story of leaving behind primary school and of leaving behind one’s country.

Reviewed by Mr Butcher

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