Frank Cottrell Boyce (9 - 11 years)

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Author study collection: these authors have been chosen for their rich and varied body of work, recognition through major awards and for their appeal to readers of differing ages and abilities.

Frank Cottrell Boyce is a British screenwriter and writer of children’s fiction . His first children’s book, ‘Millions’ (2004) was based on his own screenplay for the film of the same name. The book was awarded the Carnegie Medal for best children’s book of the year. His second children’s book, ‘Framed’, was shortlisted for both the Carnegie and Whitbread Awards. He adapted it as a screenplay for a 2009 BBC television film. He made the Carnegie shortlist for a third time with the novel, ‘Cosmic’. In 2011 he was commissioned to write the sequel to Ian Fleming’s ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’. To date, he has written three books in this series: ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again’, ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Race Against Time’ and ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: Over the Moon’ In 2012 his highly original story about the lives of refugee children, ‘The Unforgotten Coat’ won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.

Indicative selection:

Millions
Cosmic
Framed
The Unforgotten Coat
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again
Chitt Chitty Bang Bang: Over the Moon
The Astounding Broccoli Boy
Desirable
Ted Rules the World
Sputnik's Guide to Life

 

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Frank Cottrell Boyce interviewed by Noga Applebaum

Frank Cottrell Boyce is a successful British screenwriter whose film credits include 'Welcome to Sarajevo', 'Hilary and Jackie' and '24 Hour Party People'. 'Millions', his debut chidlren's novel, won the 2004 Carnegie Medal and was shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award. His second novel, 'Framed', was shortlisted for the 2005 Whitbread Children's Fiction Award and has also been shortlisted for the 2005 Carnegie Medal. His third novel, 'Cosmic', was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. 'The Unforgotten Coat' was the winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction prize 2012  Frank is the author of a series of sequels to  the much-loved 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' novel by Ian Fleming.

You were an established and acclaimed screenwriter, so  what made you write a children’s book?

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The Unforgotten Coat discussion guide


THE UNFORGOTTEN COAT

Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce

Publisher: Walker Books

Suggested Year Group: Y5

Book Synopsis:

Julie O’Connor looks back on her unforgettable experience of meeting Mongolians Chingis and Nergui when in year six. She becomes their good guide and shows them Bootle in Liverpool.

Rationale for Selection:

The Unforgotten Coat works well as a guided reading text. There is a lot of scope for discussion and for reflection; for example the issue of asylum seeking, friendship and school memories. There are many stylistic features in this book which also work well for small group discussion. Such as the inclusion of Polaroid photographs and how the text is designed.

Points for Discussion:

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