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Why I Went Back by James Clammer
  

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In a tradition of stories going right back to Beowulf, referenced in the book, this is a tale of stolen treasure, trickery and courage. Aidan is struggling to keep things together at home: his mother has been sectioned and his father seems almost paralysed with despair. It falls to Aidan to deliver the sacks of mail his postman father is hiding in their garden shed. So when thieves steal his bike Aidan has to go after them. It’s here that magic – old magic – intrudes into the contemporary setting. There are no portals suddenly opening, it’s not the sort of magic to bring special powers; hard to define, harder to pin down – ‘a sort of stillness that moved’ says Aidan – human lives are of no consequence to it and if Aidan emerges a hero it’s due to his own strengths. Gripping, compulsive reading, an exceptional book.

Authors Sara Crowe (Bone Jack), Rupert Wallis (All Sorts of Possible) and Natasha Carthew (The Light that Gets Lost) all understand old magic and have written similarly powerful and enthralling stories. ~ Andrea Reece

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  • Edel Waugh - 'If you like a feel good story about friendship, family and hope then this is the story for you.'
  • Celeste Phelan, age 14 - 'An intriguing novel spiked with magic originating from a wonderful classic.'
  • Sidney Greenslade, age 12 - 'A touching and mysterious tale with a tear-jerker ending.'
  • Saffron Ayara-Ekpe, age 12 - 'I loved this book because it had a really good story line, with good characters. Aidan didn't really seem like the person who would go out on adventures like he did. I would definitely recommend it.'
  • Eloise Mae Clarkson, age 13 - 'I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would rate it five out of five stars.'
  • Sophia Ufton, YA - 'This was an amazing story, I really enjoyed it!'
  • Kyra, age 17 - 'Why I Went Back has complex characters and delectable writing that you'll fall in love with! Fragments of fantasy and reality collide to bring this original tale of hope and freedom.'
  • Sarah-Jane Ryan  - 'One night, a couple of thugs steal Aidan’s bike which he desperately needs to Keep Things Together. Aidan’s life is a mess and this is the story of how he got it back on track.'
  • Collette Kerfoot age, 12-Thomas Cowley School - 'Why I Went Back is an enjoyable book about a lot of stolen mail and about a stolen bike...I would definitely recommend this book to others.'

Synopsis

Why I Went Back by James Clammer

Aidan needs his bike to deliver all the mail his postman dad's been hoarding since his mum was sectioned. But his bike's just been stolen. In the early morning, Aidan chases after the thieves, hellbent on getting it back. When he reaches the abandoned factory where they've stashed his bike, he has moments to grab it and escape. But he finds more than just stolen goods. There's a mysterious prisoner chained to the floor. This is the story of why Aidan goes back. Recalling Alan Garner and Susan Cooper, Why I Went Back is a dark tale of magic, myth and undelivered mail.

Reviews

Gripping... A must read for all lovers of slightly fantastical urban fiction. Jonas Herriot, librarian and chair, London's Youth Libraries Group

Authentic and complex... Why I Went Back has fragments of fantasy and reality collide to bring this original tale of hope and freedom. Blog of a Bookaholic

About the Author

James Clammer was born in Bristol and grew up in East Anglia. He has worked at many kinds of job and travelled in Central America and Asia. He now lives in Sussex, where he writes in a shed at the bottom of a cliff.

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Book Info

Publication date

7th April 2016

Author

James Clammer

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Publisher

Andersen Press Ltd

Format

Paperback
288 pages
Interest Age: From 12

Categories

13+ readers
YA readers
eBooks

Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)
Family & home stories (Children's / Teenage)
Personal & social issues: divorce, separation, family break-up (Children's / Teenage)

ISBN

9781783443772

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