Seven for a Secret by Laurence Anholt

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Ruby lives in the city and Grampa lives in the country. They write to each other and share the events in their lives. Ruby tells about the flights of stairs in their apartment block and the sights of the city. Grampa tells about the naughty magpies that live in his old oak tree. Through the Magpie Song that Grampa describes, the events of the story unravel — three magpies for Ruby the magpie girl, one for a heartbreaking goodbye, and six for a wonderful surprise that might change Ruby’s life forever. Jim Coplestone’s vibrant images and Laurence Anholt’s imaginative narrative distinguish this book that includes a fold-out flap with gold foil.

About Laurence Anholt

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Smarties Prize winner Laurence Anholt (Dorset, U.K.) co-created the bestselling Chimp and Zee as well as Happy Birthday Chimp and Zee (see page 18). Jim Coplestone (Dorset, U.K.) is the author-illustrator of Noah's Bed.
Published January 18, 2006 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books. 36 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books.

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What begins as a pleasant exchange of letters between young Ruby, who lives in the city, and her grandfather, who lives in the country, quickly becomes a maudlin tale overshadowed by social ills.

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This poignant tale unfolds through letters exchanged between Ruby, who lives with her struggling parents in their high-rise city apartment, and Grampa, alone in the country with a magpie family nesting in a hollow tree outside his window.

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The endpages at the front of the book represent the urban setting that introduces the reader to Ruby’s life in the city, where “It’s noisy” and she hears “police cars, a dog barking and the TV next door” and sees “a million orange lights below.” In contrast, the endpages at the back of the book o...

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