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There's thing unusual about the Brockets. Normal, respectable and proud of it, they turn up their ses at anyone different. But from the moment Barnaby Brocket comes into the world, it's clear he's anything but ordinary. To his parents' horror, Barnaby defies the laws of gravity - and floats. Barnaby tries to keep both feet on the ground, but he just can't do it. One fateful day, the Brockets decide eugh is eugh. They never asked for a weird, abrmal, floating child. Barnaby has to go...Betrayed, frightened and alone, Barnaby floats into the path of a very special hot air balloon - and so begins a magical journey around the world, with a cast of extraordinary new friends.
John Boyne (Author) John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971. He is the author of nine novels for adults, five for young readers and a collection of short stories. Perhaps best known for his 2006 multi-award-winning book The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, John's other novels, notably The Absolutist and A History of Loneliness, have been widely praised and are international bestsellers. His most recent book is The Boy At The Top Of The Mountain, which sees him returning to the setting of the Second World War. His novels are published in over 45 languages. www.johnboyne.com @john_boyneOliver Jeffers (Illustrator) Oliver Jeffers is an internationally acclaimed author/illustrator. His first picture book, How to Catch a Star, was published in 2004. Since then he has created a number of picture books to much critical acclaim. He has won the Irish Book Award, the Blue Peter Book of the Year and the Nestle Children's Book Prize as well as a host of shortlistings, including the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal.
Long-listed for Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 and Carnegie Medal 2013.