Joe Layburn Ghostscape

ISBN 13: 9781845077686

Ghostscape

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When Aisha comes across a pale, skinny boy called Richard in the school washrooms, of all places, she is as surprised to meet a 1940s boy as he is to see a black girl wearing a headscarf. Aisha is transported back sixty years to the time of the Blitz, when her school was a sanctuary for East Enders fleeing the bombing. But Richard becomes more than just a friendly ghost; he helps Aisha confront her difficulties at home with her mother, where she is torn between two cultures, and at school where a tough schoolmate is determined to give her a hard time. Finally, Aisha decides to find out the history of her area during the Blitz, and what she discovers makes her realise that she must warn Richard about what is going to happen - but how.?

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Joe Layburn worked for 15 years as a journalist and television reporter with BBC, ITV, and Channel 4, often working on programs that focused on children, and has been nominated for the Royal Television Society's Current Affairs award. His work has appeared in various countries including America, Australia, France, and Japan. Now a teacher, he lives in London.Icelandic born artist KRISTJANA S WILLIAMS studied graphic design and illustration at Central St Martins and quickly gained critical acclaim as Creative Director of Beyond the Valley for 8 years. Williams' work has become well known throughout the industry, 2013 saw the studio Highly Commended for 'Best Use of Color' at the Dulux Color Awards. Kristjana has won a D&AD award, a New York Festivals Grand Prix & First Prize and been shortlisted for the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity.

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Grade 4–6—Connecting across time, Somali refugee Aisha, new in today's England, finds a sympathetic friend in Richard, a boy who attended her school in 1940. Realizing that a bomb will destroy the building where he and his grandfather had taken shelter during the Blitz, she determines to save him. Richard appears in her world first, as she hides in a bathroom stall to avoid a bullying classmate. After that, in a series of fainting spells, she travels back to World War II London. She witnesses a devastating bombing and is impressed by the way people stand up to Hitler, "the biggest bully of them all." A kindly priest, inexplicably the only other person from that time who can see her, offers advice about keeping her dead father in her heart. The narrative is well paced and appropriately suspenseful, but Aisha tells her story in a voice that is far too adult. Occasional black-and-white illustrations add little to the story. Still, it is refreshing to find a time-slip tale with an immigrant protagonist.—Kathleen Isaacs, Children's Literature Specialist, Pasadena, MD
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