A futuristic story of a boy and his grandfather, who slip under a fence to a life the grandfather has not experienced for many years, and that the grandson has never known. A gripping race ensues to escape the forces that would carry them back.
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Nina Bawden is foremost among twentieth-century writers of fiction for children. A reviewer in Publishers Weekly wrote: "I'll come right out and say it. For my money, Miss Bawden can so no wrong. Her stories area a perfect blend of humor and suspense, and that's a blend difficult to achieve." Ms. Bawden was born in London, England, and lived there until she was evacuated with her school during the Blitz in World War II. She later attended Somerville College, Oxford. She and her husband, Austin Kark, live in London, except in the spring and summer, when they go to their home in Nauplion, Greece.From AudioFile:
When Tom's grandfather slips beyond the Wall, Tom thinks old Gandy's lost his mind. Everyone knows the Outside is filled with savages and dangerous wildlife. So Tom follows his grandfather, and what he learns on the Outside changes his life forever. In the overflowing genre of dystopia novels, this is a standout. Bernard Cribbins's excellent vocal characterizations pull the reader into the story. The cynical voice of Gandy, the booming voice of the mailman, the wizened voice of Tom's great uncle, and the tired voice of his great aunt all seem perfectly suited to the characters. Between the characters and the author's smooth pacing and interesting plot, this production keeps the cassettes moving. A.F. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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