The Unforgotten Coat

The Unforgotten Coat am Book I really liked the format of this book how it was printed on notebook paper and included the different Polaroid pictures that Chingis took in his many different journey

The Unforgotten Coat am Book I really liked the format of this book: how it was printed on "notebook paper" and included the different Polaroid pictures that Chingis took in his many different journeys. It had a nice sense of mysteriousness about it as the author fumbles her way through learning about Chingis and Yergui and tries to be a "Good Guide" for them as they try to get adjusted to school life after coming from Mongolia. Her assumptions about them--that their big fur coats are Mongolian, that they know a lot about how to survive in the wild--are ones that I as a reader willingly went along with, and so it was really intriguing in the end when so many of those are undone, and Chingis' exotic Polaroids are revealed to be simply pictures of the local landscape through his own unique perspective that "Mongolianizes" them. Discovering that the demon after Yergui is actually the British immigration system, and learning that they suddenly get deported back to where their lives are in danger, was also a sudden and somewhat shocking turn of events. Boyce does a really admirable job of painting their situation through Julie's eyes to make the book have a childish, naive air of excitement, imagination, and misunderstanding, and feel as unexpected as it did. It's especially interesting that the idea for the book was based on a real Mongolian girl in Britain who won the hearts of her class and then was suddenly deported with her family.I like how this book assumes that much of what Chingis and Yergui do is tradition (especially Julie's obsession with getting invited into what she assumes with be their plush and lavish house with samovars), but shows that they are really in a state of flux: learning English and gaining Liverpool accents, using the Polaroid camera, learning football, and trying to learn how to fit in and be like the other boys. Julie is much more interested with learning about and presenting their culture to the class than Chingis and Yergui are, perhaps because of their immigration situation, or perhaps because they want to become more acculturated. . My brother believes he is being chased by a demon a demon that makes things vanish Carnegie Medallist Frank Cottrell Boyce transports readers from the steppe of Mongolia to the streets of Liverpool in a story that is compelling, miraculous and laugh out loud funny.. Good Books The Unforgotten Coat Read this book!That's what I would do if I were an employee in a bookstore and a mother asked me what to get for her tween. As a karmaic twist, I decided to read this book after the WSJ article maelstorm (you know, where the article started with the story of a mother lamenting the lack of "good" books for her kid), and also at a time where I became aware of the problem of "voice". Rather, if an author is capable of writing believable characters which are not like the author themselves (ex: A white middle aged housewife writing a black teenager). Yeah, it's an interesting debate.It's interesting because it raises the question on whether we should try to expand our cultural horizons at the risk of getting things wrong, or stick to our own bubble, not even trying to understand other cultures because there's no possible way for us to. And this is very interesting because this book is all about the meeting of two cultures and what happens afterwards.Julie is in year six, when two Mongolian brothers, Chingis and Nergui, transfer to her school. On their first day, they appoint her as their "Good Guide", a person who is supposed to help them understand this new place. Hilarity doesn't ensue.Because, even if this book will probably be labeled middle-grade, the story is extremely serious. It's also heartbreaking, because as we read on, we discover that Chingis' odd behavior has some very real reasons behind it. We see Julie's confusion when what she considers the right thing turns out to be the worse thing for the boys. Nevertheless, the book ends on a hopeful note, not just because it shows things do work out in the end, but also because even with the cultural gap between them, Julie, Chingis and Nergui manage to reach out and find a middle ground. It's inspirational.Note: A review copy was provided by the publishers via NetGalley.

About Author

  1. Frank Cottrell Boyce is a British screenwriter, novelist and occasional actor.In addition to original scripts, Cottrell Boyce has also adapted novels for the screen and written children s fiction, winning the 2004 Carnegie Medal for his debut, Millions, based on his own screenplay for the film of the same name.His novel Framed was shortlisted for the Whitbread Book of the Year as well as the Carnegie Medal.He adapted the novel into a screenplay for a 2009 BBC television film His 2009 novel Cosmic has also been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.He is married and the father of seven children.

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  1. I really liked the format of this book how it was printed on notebook paper and included the different Polaroid pictures that Chingis took in his many different journeys It had a nice sense of mysteriousness about it as the author fumbles her way through learning about Chingis and Yergui and tries to be a Good Guide for them as they try to get adjusted to school life after coming from Mongolia Her assumptions about them that their big fur coats are Mongolian, that they know a lot about how to su [...]


  2. Read this book That s what I would do if I were an employee in a bookstore and a mother asked me what to get for her tween As a karmaic twist, I decided to read this book after the WSJ article maelstorm you know, where the article started with the story of a mother lamenting the lack of good books for her kid , and also at a time where I became aware of the problem of voice Rather, if an author is capable of writing believable characters which are not like the author themselves ex A white middle [...]


  3. Chingis and Nergui appear in Bootle, England In this tiny town where no one new ever comes and nothing happens, these two Mongolian immigrants appear, wearing huge, strange coats and acting and speaking in ways that are totally unfamiliar to the other children at the school Chingis, the elder, gives the teacher orders and refuses to let his little brother out of his sight He has a Polaroid camera, and pictures of Mongolia so bizarre that it seems like another planet all together Julie, our narra [...]


  4. I will never be able to not give 5 stars to a great immigrant story Period That s my disclaimer Julie is your average insightful Year Six gal in Bootle, UK She has the typical concerns you would expect from an average insightful Year Six gal being invited over to Mimi s house after school, and getting Socky to notice her But that all changes when two Mongolian immigrants, Chingis and Negrui , join her class Frank Cottrell Boyce is fast becoming one of my favourite authors His previous books have [...]



  5. Such a poignant little book that deals with the reality of immigration illegal and how children try to make sense of it I don t know why this book has been classified as children s book cause it most certainly isn t There are concepts here that a 6 year old or even a 10 year old wouldn t grasp It s a short episode, a one sitting sort of book that kind of leaves you thinking about it, long after the last page has been turned.


  6. Cotrell has written a very mysterious and well written tale of two children from Mongolia The boys Chingis and Nergui, join the school in the last term and manage to grab the attention of Julie who becomes their good guide The reader is first introduced to the two boys when they enter the classroom and one of them defiantly refuses to leave and go to his own class This is intriguing because, it is very unheard of for a pupil to defy a teacher bold as brass and somehow manage to get away with it. [...]


  7. I very much enjoyed this book and think it would be a good choice for guided reading for Year 4 6 It s a story about two Mongolian brothers told through the eyes of their friend, Julie When Chingis and his little brother Nergui arrive at Julie s school they arouse a lot of interest with their exotic looking afghan coats, tales of eagle training and horses out on the vast Mongolian steppe With the help of Julie, their good guide , the brothers soon fit in to school life and the three become good [...]


  8. Okay, maybe calling this a classic as that s what five stars means to is a stretch but I really liked this kids book I happened to be looking for some other books to bring in for the pre teen kids I work with to look at The fact that it was written by Frank Cottrell Boyce is what caught my eye He s a fantastic screen writer known for his collaborations with director Michael Winterbottom 24 Hour Party People, e.g I opened the book up and noticed that it used Polaroid pictures as illustrations and [...]


  9. Frank Cottrell Boyce is starting to remind me of Avi his books are so diverse, yet all wonderful in their own way I absolutely adored Cosmic, and this quick read about two young Mongolian refugees who arrive in a small British town near Liverpool did not disappoint It s told as a flashback from the point of view of Julie, a Year 6 student who takes the boys under her wing and becomes their good guide Julie becomes fond of and intrigued by the two boys, but doesn t fully understand their family s [...]


  10. Frank Cottrell Boyce s books are so sweet that I m pretty sure they kill people And I meant that in the nicest way Every book I ve read of his has been very good Boyce writes with a perfect voice for his young narrators I kind of forget it s a grown man with 7 kids who is really writing it.This book is about two Mongolian brothers who come to a small British town and choose a girl from their class to be their Good Guide to show them around, show them the ropes, etc The class is mesmerized by the [...]


  11. This powerful and haunting story revolved around the sudden appearance of Chingis and his younger brother, immigrants to England from Mongolia The book follows classmate Julie as finds herself suddenly their advocate Told at times from her grown up perspective, the story quickly becomes complex as Julie tried to explain the boys suspicious behavior An interesting take on modern immigration and refugees, as well as the complexity of governmental responses.


  12. So pleased that I finally got round to read this unique book prompted by the enthusiasm of a Y9 boy who said it was great Along with the Olympics opening ceremony I think it confirms Frank Cottrell Boyce as a true genius This attractively presented story is warm, funny and highly informative without being sentimental or preachy It would be great as a class reader ideal for Y6 Y7.


  13. I got this book in primary school but have only just read it I love this books because of the way it s set out , in my edition anyway, with pictures and thick lovely pages and big scribbly writing This book felt so human and was such a good quick read and even though quite strange was a lovely book wrote perfectly from a child s prospective.


  14. Contemporary Mongolia doesn t have all that many English language children s novels to its name And if you asked me to name everything I knew about Mongolia today, I d probably find myself referring to key scenes in that recent documentary Babies than anything else I don t think I would have selected author Frank Cottrell Boyce to shed any light on the country or its inhabitants Heck, I ll take it one step further With books like Millions and Cosmic under his belt I wouldn t have even thought h [...]


  15. I read this book in about an hour This book deals with the problem of immigrants Thousands of people love this book, and this book has received an award But I don t like this book.


  16. In a few short months, Julie will graduate and all her friends will scatter to new schools But their elementary school has one last surprise waiting for them before they go When Chingis and Nergui show up to class in their thick fur coats with the sun beating down outside, everyone is intrigued Then, the teacher asks Nergui to remove his hat and Chingis responds that his brother is like an eagle calmed by a hood, and removing his hat would have disastrous results These new kids are clearly not t [...]


  17. An intriguing book, partly because of its format, with its notebook lined pages and photographs smattered throughout I liked how this made me as a reader feel like I was a part of the adventure, and seeing the Polaroids that Chingis was taking really made the story feel compelling and real.What I found perhaps most interesting about this book was all of the protagonist Julie s assumptions about the lives of Chingis and Nergui back in Mongolia, and how Chingis and Nergui intentionally propagate [...]


  18. During the final term of primary school, a new boy joins Julie O Connor s class Chengis comes from Mongolia Chengis unusual clothes, exotic background and strange world view fascinate Julie She is delighted when Chengis asks her to act as Good Guide to teach him and his brother Nergui about life in Bootle.Julie longs to be a part of Chengis world, which she imagines to be extremely exotic Chengis encourages her to believe this by telling her stories about life in Mongolia and showing her Polaroi [...]


  19. A brilliant book that surprised by sucking me into it I listened to the audiobook and I just love hearing the accents Towards the end, I started to figure it out but was still wondering if the demon was real or not Book talk show p 12 pic of coat If you saw this coat just hanging here, what kind of story do you think it would have Where did it come from Who left it take the time to hear what kinds of things they have to say Frank Cottrell Boyce did exactly what you just did this author wrote a s [...]



  20. children s fiction marked for ages 8 12 This didn t immediately grab me despite full color pages and lots of polaroids inserted into pages of the journal but I ve heard good things and will try to seek out books by this author in the future Summary Julie writes the story of when she befriended two Mongolian immigrants in the 6th 7th grade They learn a lot from each other at the very end of the story they all reconnect on Facebook It s mildly interesting, but not very.


  21. It s a short little book and kids will dig the format and the photos It s an important story and one that s obviously dear to Mr Boyce s heart, but for me I didn t really connect with any of the characters I don t know if that s a cultural thing by which I mean the story s set in England or if maybe the photos and notebook paper distracted from the story


  22. lovely little book that made me feel quite nostalgic, not that any of these events happened in my childhood, but the author captured the whole school vibe down perfectlye photo s in the book added a nice element, especially the last onece


  23. A really sweet, sad, funny book The writing was thoughtful and the story was interesting with a really unique outlook I enjoyed it much than I thought I would and the fact that it s inspired by a real story makes it even touching.


  24. I didn t know what sort of story it was until the end But this is a story about life, being human and specifically, the treatment of migrants Funny and, dare I use the word, poignant.



  25. The Unforgotten Coat Frank Cottrell Boyce 2011 Winner of the Guardian Children s Fiction Prize, 2012 Shortlisted for the Costa Children s Book Awards, 2011.Short, short, short review Odd, strangely compelling, mysterious, beautifully written, gorgeous production Absolutely worth a read for the story, the message and the images 5 5 stars.Longer review Frank Cottrell Boyce wrote this book in response to a true story from his first author visit to a primary school, Joan of Arc Primary, in Bootle, E [...]


  26. Prior to starting The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce, I was a bit hesitant to jump into it as it didn t seem like my kind of book I tend to prefer action or futuristic young adult literature, and this appeared to have neither of those aspects Despite that, I read it anyway since it s one of the summer reading books my new sixth students might choose to read this summer, and I want to be sure that I am able to discuss the book with them Being set in England, the language and vocabulary [...]


  27. When two Mongolian brothers appear one morning in Julie s Year Six class, no one knows what to make of them But then Chingis, the older of the two, proclaims that Julie is to be their Good Guide a nomadic tradition that makes her responsible for welcoming the brothers to their new home Now Julie must somehow navigate them through soccer, school uniforms, and British slang, all while trying to win Shocky s attention and an invitation to her friend Mimi s house.I mean, how can you not like this bo [...]


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