Dear Olly, Paperback
3 out of 5 (3 ratings)

Description

A moving story of a brother, a sister and a swallow, and how all are in some way victims of the horrors of landmines.

Olly's brother Matt wants to go and work with children who have been made orphans, through war, in Africa.

He wants to be a clown and make them laugh. His mother and sister want him to stay in England and go to university.

Hero, a swallow, has a journey to make too. He must fly to Africa for the winter to join all the other swallows.

His journey is difficult and fraught with danger. Three separate stories are woven into one powerful and moving novel whose central theme not only exposes the horrors of war and of landmines, but also the endurance of the human spirit.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128 pages, 30 b/w illus
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9780006753339

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2.5

A lovely story about having the courage to follow your dreams, and about recovering from disasters - just not, to me, very well told. Not bad - but the characters weren't very believable, and the dialogue was rather unconvincing. A bit disappointing, but it won't stop me from trying another of Morpugo's books.

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3

An easy book to read with an exellent story. Sad. Makes you think more about others.

Review by
4

a quick, but good read that ticked all the boxes for me in terms of a 'chill out read'. A moving story of a brother, a sister and a swallow, and how all are in some way victims of the horrors of landmines. Olly's brother Matt wants to go and work with children who have been made orphans, through war, in Africa. He wants to be a clown and make them laugh. His mother and sister want him to stay in England and go to university. Hero, a swallow, has a journey to make too. He must fly to Africa for the winter to join all the other swallows. His migration is difficult and fraught with danger. Three separate stories are woven into one moving novel whose central theme exposes the horrors of war and of landmines, but also the endurance of the human spirit.

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