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Philip Ardagh

Close to the Wind by Jon Walter review a tense wartime journey

The dangerous adventures of a young boy and his grandfather are brought vividly to life in Walter's debut children's novelIn Close to the Wind, Jon Walter reveals the rare ability to create totally believable characters and settings in few words and wit

Why We Took the Car by Wolfgang Herrndorf review an illicit journey

The funny, insightful story of two boys who end up on a road trip using a 'borrowed' car, told through the eyes of a 14-year-old I was eating breakfast in a hotel, reading a book, when the German illustrator Axel Scheffler (of Gruffalo fame) sat dow