About the book: Set in Bootle, north of Liverpool, this is the story of two refugee brothers from Mongolia who are determined to fit in with their schoolmates while they apply for UK citizenship. The story is told from the perspective of classmate Julie O’Connor, their ‘good guide’. She looks back on her experience of meeting Chingis and Nergui in her final year of primary school.
Reasons for selection: The Unforgotten Coat offers scope for reflection and opportunities for discussion through the issues of asylum seeking, friendship and school memories. Frank Cottrell Boyce’s writing has an engaging style and the use of the first person adds immediacy. There are many stylistic features in this book which add depth to the reading experience such as the inclusion of Polaroid photographs and the format and layout of the text.
About Take One Book: The books in the Take One Book collection can be used in conjunction with the Take One Book website, or independently. Take One Book is Just Imagine’s programme for teaching reading and English using high quality literature. You can find further information and free exemplar units on the Take One Book website takeonebook.org