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Summary

It’s 1940, and Joseph has been packed off to stay with Mrs F, a gruff woman with no great fondness for children. To Joseph’s amazement, she owns the rundown city zoo where Joseph meets Adonis, a huge silverback gorilla. Adonis is ferociously strong and dangerous, but Joseph finds he has an affinity with the lonely beast. But when the bombs begin to fall, it is up to Joseph to guard Adonis’ cage should it be damaged by a blast. Will Joseph be ready to pull the trigger if it comes to it?

©2021 Phil Earle (P)2021 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic reviews

"An extraordinary story with historical and family truth at its heart, that tells us as much about the present as the past. Deeply felt, movingly written, a remarkable achievement." (Michael Morpurgo, best-selling author of War Horse)

"Complex, dark, intense and mysterious, When the Sky Falls is an astounding work of fiction. For years now Earle has been one of our finest writers for young people and here he is at the height of his considerable powers." (Antony McGowan)

"Phil Earle writes from the heart: a story about love and friendship and how animals can connect people in the darkest of times and allow them to heal." (Gill Lewis, author of Sky Hawk)

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Amazing!

Beautifully written with well developed characters and a story line so believable yet wonderfully devestating that I didn't want it to end. Short listed for the Juniper Book Awards, this is a definite contender. It gets my vote, or it would if I were young enough to vote!

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gripping until the end

easy read and listen. Gloriously gripping and heart warming! I found this story following the traction this book gain on Twitter and I'm so glad I did!

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Breathtaking

Simply breathtaking. I never leave a review, but felt compelled to with this one. I loved it from start to finish and can't wait to share it with the young people at school. Just beautiful.

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An absolutely stunning story from start to finish

Loved it. It had me gripped from the first chapter and I could wait to finish it

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The best book I've read this year

I totally loved everything about this book. The story was perfect, final 20 minutes very heartbreaking, but a sign of a well written story is one where you can empathsize with the characters. Brilliant!

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A book that can show emotional intelligence, excitement and leave is all feeling a deeper understanding of humanity

The author reads this book in a way you can indulge and loose yourself. I felt every emotion and found myself contemplating the questions it raises eager to get back to book to see if my thoughts we right!
The humility in which its read only makes you feel it’s massive impact. Gentle voices, the right words and timing can bring a book into a movie in the mind! I cannot wait for my daughter to dive into this I am sure she will emerge more emotionally intelligent than before.

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Beautiful

I set out listening to this book reluctantly as I have to review it for a children’s book club. At first if was very bleak but as it progressed I was completely hooked. Phil Earle is a brilliant narrator. It’s an emotional rollercoaster of a book with uplifting moments in a time of terror. The characters are well developed and the imagery very vivid. Highly recommend.

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A story of friendship and loss

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This is the best book I've ever read and recommend it. So sad tho.

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Wow!!!

absolutely wonderful story. loved listening to so much, that even if I was going to the shops. I had to listen to it walking up the road, I even walked slower so I could hear another chapter. It was even better that ,Phil Earle read it too loved his voice. So greatful that my friend passed it onto me as I could relate as I'm also dyslexic.