When two Mongolian brothers inexplicably appear one morning in Julie's sixth grade class, no one, least of all Julie, knows what to do with them. Read more...
When two Mongolian brothers inexplicably appear one morning in Julie's sixth grade class, no one, least of all Julie, knows what to do with them. But when Chingis, the older of the two brothers, proclaims Julie as their "Good Guide" - a nomadic tradition of welcoming strangers to a new land - Julie must somehow navigate them through soccer, school uniforms, and British slang, all while trying to win Shocky's attention and perhaps also an invitation to her friend Mimi's house. At times funny, this moving and simply told novella tugs at the heart-a unique story of immigration both fierce in its telling and magical in its characters.
- ISBN-13: 9780763657291
- ISBN-10: 0763657298
- Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
- Publish Date: September 2011
- Page Count: 92
- Reading Level: Ages 9-12
- Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.5 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2011-08-22
- Reviewer: Staff
Boyce follows Cosmic with a tight, powerful story—brimming with humor, mystery, and pathos—about illegal immigration and the price it exacts on children. Two Mongolian brothers, Chingis and Nergui, arrive at a British school wearing fur coats and refusing to follow the teacher’s instructions that Nergui remove his hat that’s low on his face: “When you need your eagle to be calm,” Chingis says, “you cover its eyes with a hood. When you want the eagle to fly and kill, you take off the hood.” The class is enthralled, and when Chingis singles our sixth-year Julie to be their “Good Guide,” things that had previously fascinated her (makeup, boys) fall away as she bones up on Genghis Khan and helps the boys learn Liverpudlian slang and the rules of football—“learning themselves ordinary,” she terms it. They tell her they are hiding from a demon, punctuating their tall tales with Polaroids, taken by Hunter and Heney (Boyce’s filmmaker collaborators), which deepen the mystery. In an author’s note Boyce explains his inspiration, making an already moving story even more so. Ages 8–12. (Sept.)