Unforgotten Coat, The by Frank Cottrell Boyce (5 group set, 7 books)

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This is a moving story of a summer of friendship with darker undertones of the plight of refugees. Two refugee brothers from Mongolia are determined to fit in with their Liverpool schoolmates, but bring so much of Mongolia to Bootle that their new friend and guide, Julie, is hard-pressed to know truth from fantasy as she recollects a wonderful friendship that was abruptly ended when Chingis and his family were forced to return to Mongolia. Told with the humour, warmth and brilliance of detail which characterizes Frank Cottrell Boyce's writing, this magical and compelling story is enriched by stunning and atmospheric Polaroid photos.

  • Free discussion notes available on this website.
  • combination of text and photographic images
  • themes: asylum, refugees, friendship, belonging
  • global dimension
  • 112 pages

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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


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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