The Pull of the Ocean by Jean-Claude Mourlevat

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On a stormy night, little Yann Doutreleau wakes up his six older brothers, all twins. He lets them know that they must flee their home--or risk being killed by their violent father. Without question, the siblings follow Yann into the wet darkness. And so begins their remarkable odyssey toward the ocean--as well as an unforgettable story of brotherhood.

The social worker investigating the Doutreleau family, the truck driver who gives the boys a lift, the police officer who believes they've run away, the baker who gives them bread--each of the many people the seven boys encounter gives a stirring account of what he or she witnesses. The twins themselves add their voices, as do the Doutreleau parents; but not until the end of the journey does little Yann express his reasons for his galvanizing actions.
 

About Jean-Claude Mourlevat

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Jean-Claude Mourlevat is a major author of children's fiction in his native France, where his novels have garnered numerous literary awards. The author lives in France.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published November 14, 2006 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 190 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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Hitching a ride with a trucker, filching train tickets and sandwiches, the boys follow Yann, who says they must get to Bordeaux and the ocean.

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Yann, the size of a toddler, is the youngest of seven sons of poor, sour parents and the only one who is not a twin ("Yann came last and alone.

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The Pull of the Ocean, by Jean-Claude Mourlevat, is a wild little story based upon the tale The Adve...This is an unconventional twist on an old classic fairy tale.

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BC Books

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Yann Doutreleau has six brothers, all tall for their age, but he is no more than two feet tall.

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Common Sense Media

There is bravery in Yann's rescue of his brothers from their abusive home and the way the brothers look out for one another.

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Flamingnet

The Doutreleau family is comprised of mother, father, and seven sons: three sets of twins and Yann.

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