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Harriet, Chobham Academy Book Group

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

I was so glad to see the lovely Mr CB on this year's shortlist that I barged to the front of the queue and grabbed a copy of Sputnik before anybody else could have it. I'd love to say that I enjoyed it as much as Cosmic and Millions and Framed, but I'm afraid I was a bit disappointed to start with. I liked Prez and everyone on the farm but I was too grown-up (or just too old?) to get properly to grips with the is-he-an-alien-or-is-he-a-dog? thing and was confused by the magicky re-erection of fallen trees and such like. But it grew on me and by the time I got to the end I was properly won over. I began to fear the worst when everybody finished up at Rumblecairn, so I was relieved when things turned out the way they did.For someone whose best friends are dogs and who has elderly relatives with dementia there were some difficult moments (the sea chest full of rememberings was particularly poignant) but true to form from FCB it was a beautiful story and avoided any of the traumatic themes of many recent Carnegie titles. Probably not one of his finest, but an enjoyable and (mostly) safe read. Now to tackle the other seven...
(Im still worrying about Laika.)

Posted on: 21st April 2017 at 05:06 pm

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