Too Much Trouble by Tom Avery

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"Get out, Emmanuel!" growled my uncle. "Take your brother and go."

But where can two boys go when they're on their own, on the run, with little money or food? All 12-year-old Emmanuel knows is that he has to look after Prince. They were his father's last words to him.

On the train to London, Em and Prince have no idea where they will end up - but then they meet the mysterious Mr Green and his "friends". And that's when things start to spin out of control...

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Tom Avery grew up in Lewisham and trained as a primary teacher at the University of Greenwich. He taught in South London for two years, and then in inner-city Birmingham. He is now co-ordinator of English, Communication and Language at a primary school in Kentish Town, London. He loves working with young people, helping them to develop their interests and encouraging them to think about the world around them. The issues of street crime and unaccompanied refugee children, addressed in Too Much Trouble, affect the lives of many of the children he's met through his work. Avery lives in North London with his wife and young son.
Published April 24, 2012 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books. 144 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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When Prince gets into a fight in school and their furious uncle boots them out, the brothers flee to London, where they are rescued and recruited by “Mr. Green,” a glib, genial Fagin who shelters a dozen runaways in exchange for the wallets, cellphones and like loot they lift from crowded train s...

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And I do not believe there is enough literature for young people today that deals with issues [such as] asylum seekers.” Tom is also aware that English not being spoken as a first language in many people’s homes can act as a barrier to reading.

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