Emil and the Detectives, Paperback
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'Password Emil!' Emil is excited to be taking the train on his own for the first time.

He doesn't like the look of his fellow passenger, the man in the bowler hat.

Emil will just have to keep his wits about him and his money in his pocket.

But Emil falls asleep and when he wakes up the man in the bowler hat is gone - and so is the money!

Emil is determined to get it back. He teams up with a gang of young detectives and so begins a hair-raising chase across Berlin to catch the dirty rotten thief...BACKSTORY: Learn all about the book's brave author and find out just how good a sleuth you would be.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176 pages, b/w original
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic
  • ISBN: 9780099572848



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A classic german children’s story about a boy Emil who is going to deliver some money to his grandmother. But on the train he falls asleep, and his money is stolen - and the only other person in his carriage is gone - Emil finds him and follow him - and then he stumbles upon other children in Berlin who offer to help him track down the thief.Enjoyed the innocence of Emil and his devotion to his mother - also the way the children work together - apart from grown ups who are no help at all - to catch the thief and get the money back. It was actually the only pre-war book by Kästner, which escaped Nazi censorship. Has been translated into many languages - and Disney made a movie adaptation.

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