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The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce
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Jul 01, 2012

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Read in June, 2012

Frank Cottrell Boyce is good at heartwarming and funny, and this short book is no exception. Even though the narrator is a grownup with a child of her own, it’s definitely a children’s book: Julie is remembering when she was eleven and two brothers from Mongolia appeared at her school. Polaroid photos taken by the older brother, Chingis, help her remember and make a sort of picture book for her daughter with Chingis’s notebook. We’re reminded to be skeptical even of photos when Julie tells about her discovery that what she thought were pictures of the steppes were actually from her Bootle neighborhood, and we realize that diversity and multiculturalism involve learning in all directions. The coat of the title was not forgotten by the boys, who didn’t have time to retrieve it, but not by Julie either. The book is on the 2012 Guardian longlist.

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