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From the best-selling author of Cosmic and Millions comes an evocative immigration tale about two brothers trying to survive- a daring story that miraculously defies belief. 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, proclaFrom the best-selling author of Cosmic and Millions comes an evocative immigration tale about two brothers trying to survive- a daring story that miraculously defies belief. 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....

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The Unforgotten Coat Reviews

  • Hannah
    2019-03-12 11:22

    I really liked the format of this book: how it was printed on "notebook paper" and included the different Polaroid pictures that Chingis took in his many different journeys. It had a nice sense of mysteriousness about it as the author fumbles her way through learning about Chingis and Yergui and tries to be a "Good Guide" for them as they try to get adjusted to school life after coming from Mongolia. Her assumptions about them--that their big fur coats are Mongolian, that they know a lot about how to survive in the wild--are ones that I as a reader willingly went along with, and so it was really intriguing in the end when so many of those are undone, and Chingis' exotic Polaroids are revealed to be simply pictures of the local landscape through his own unique perspective that "Mongolianizes" them. Discovering that the demon after Yergui is actually the British immigration system, and learning that they suddenly get deported back to where their lives are in danger, was also a sudden and somewhat shocking turn of events. Boyce does a really admirable job of painting their situation through Julie's eyes to make the book have a childish, naive air of excitement, imagination, and misunderstanding, and feel as unexpected as it did. It's especially interesting that the idea for the book was based on a real Mongolian girl in Britain who won the hearts of her class and then was suddenly deported with her family.I like how this book assumes that much of what Chingis and Yergui do is tradition (especially Julie's obsession with getting invited into what she assumes with be their plush and lavish house with samovars), but shows that they are really in a state of flux: learning English and gaining Liverpool accents, using the Polaroid camera, learning football, and trying to learn how to fit in and be like the other boys. Julie is much more interested with learning about and presenting their culture to the class than Chingis and Yergui are, perhaps because of their immigration situation, or perhaps because they want to become more acculturated.

  • Katya
    2019-02-19 03:31

    Read this book!That's what I would do if I were an employee in a bookstore and a mother asked me what to get for her tween. As a karmaic twist, I decided to read this book after the WSJ article maelstorm (you know, where the article started with the story of a mother lamenting the lack of "good" books for her kid), and also at a time where I became aware of the problem of "voice". Rather, if an author is capable of writing believable characters which are not like the author themselves (ex: A white middle aged housewife writing a black teenager). Yeah, it's an interesting debate.It's interesting because it raises the question on whether we should try to expand our cultural horizons at the risk of getting things wrong, or stick to our own bubble, not even trying to understand other cultures because there's no possible way for us to. And this is very interesting because this book is all about the meeting of two cultures and what happens afterwards.Julie is in year six, when two Mongolian brothers, Chingis and Nergui, transfer to her school. On their first day, they appoint her as their "Good Guide", a person who is supposed to help them understand this new place. Hilarity doesn't ensue.Because, even if this book will probably be labeled middle-grade, the story is extremely serious. It's also heartbreaking, because as we read on, we discover that Chingis' odd behavior has some very real reasons behind it. We see Julie's confusion when what she considers the right thing turns out to be the worse thing for the boys. Nevertheless, the book ends on a hopeful note, not just because it shows things do work out in the end, but also because even with the cultural gap between them, Julie, Chingis and Nergui manage to reach out and find a middle ground. It's inspirational.Note: A review copy was provided by the publishers via NetGalley.

  • Bethany
    2019-03-18 04:22

    Chingis and Nergui appear in Bootle, England. In this tiny town where no one new ever comes and nothing happens, these two Mongolian immigrants appear, wearing huge, strange coats and acting and speaking in ways that are totally unfamiliar to the other children at the school. Chingis, the elder, gives the teacher orders and refuses to let his little brother out of his sight. He has a Polaroid camera, and pictures of Mongolia so bizarre that it seems like another planet all together. Julie, our narrator, is enchanted by them; she learns everything she can about Mongolia and gives a report on it to the class, and the boys name her their Good Guide. And Chingis and Nergui insist that there's a demon after Nergui, a demon who makes things vanish, wants to make Nergui vanish, and Julie is swept up in it, culminating in a strange, quiet afternoon when the English landscape becomes unfamiliar and Mongolia appears before their very eyes.So, I didn't really dig this book. It has text, in the form of first-person narration, written from a grown, present day Julie looking back on those strange months with the boys. And it has photos, the Polaroids that of Chingis's, each printed on it's own page, interspersed throughout the book. And I'll tell you, maybe it's me, because Miss Peregrins Home for Unusual Children felt the same way, but it seems forced. Like Mr. Cottrell Boyce found some pictures and built a story around them. And I know that's not how it happened, because the extremely touching author's note at the end makes it clear that the story came to him first, but it's apparently not a format that works for me. I will say, I loved the author's note, and I found it rounded out the book, made it more personal and real, and much, much more touching.

  • Minli
    2019-03-03 11:32

    I will never be able to not give 5 stars to a great immigrant story. Period. That's my disclaimer. Julie is your average insightful Year Six gal in Bootle, UK. She has the typical concerns you would expect from an average insightful Year Six gal--being invited over to Mimi's house after school, and getting Socky to notice her. But that all changes when two Mongolian immigrants, Chingis and 'Negrui', join her class. Frank Cottrell Boyce is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. His previous books have dealt with larger than life opportunities (kids posing as adults and going to space, needing to spend a million pounds as fast as possible, etc.) that are hysterical, not to mention a little unbelievable--and sometimes poignant as well, but not always taking advantage of the emotional moment. This one does. It's not whimsical or fantastic, but the magic is still there. It's the magic of having your horizons widened, and of getting to know someone who's come from a different background than you. It's not necessarily a friendship story, but about how Chingis and Negrui lit up an entire class and how everyone's lives were richer for it. (Also, the magic of technology, which, if you do not cry after turning the last page, you're just weird. At least after reading Boyce's afterword.) This book is also unique in that it's produced like a notebook, with the text printed on loose-leaf-like paper with accompanying polaroid photos in full colour.

  • Edward Sullivan
    2019-03-21 03:28

    Charming story about two Mongolian boys who transfer to a school in Liverpool and are embraced by their classmates.

  • Ninitha (Niko)
    2019-02-22 10:40

    Such a poignant little book that deals with the reality of immigration (illegal) and how children try to make sense of it. I don't know why this book has been classified as children's book cause it most certainly isn't. There are concepts here that a 6 year old or even a 10 year old wouldn't grasp. It's a short episode, a one sitting sort of book that kind of leaves you thinking about it, long after the last page has been turned.

  • Laura Voyatzis
    2019-03-08 10:38

    Cotrell has written a very mysterious and well written tale of two children from Mongolia. The boys; Chingis and Nergui, join the school in the last term and manage to grab the attention of Julie who becomes their ‘good guide’. The reader is first introduced to the two boys when they enter the classroom and one of them defiantly refuses to leave and go to his own class. This is intriguing because, it is very unheard of for a pupil to defy a teacher bold as brass and somehow manage to get away with it!.School norms are explored throughout the book which the reader can probably relate to, this includes friendship statuses and childhood crushes. Cotrell includes lots of mysterious behaviour by Chingis and Nergui and the reader is left puzzled and grasping for an explanation. Chingis and Bergui also defy school norms by making the unfamiliar cool. They intelligently make their Mongolian clothing exciting and hip.Cotrell reminds us of the seriousness of events happening around the world when Chingis and Nergui are sent back to Mongolia by immigration. Julie manages to find memories of the two boys when she visits her old school before it closes and she sees ‘the unforgotten coat’. Later, she manages to get in contact with the two brothers via facebook and they thank her for being their ‘good guide’.This story can be quite scary and mysterious and therefore I would recommend it to upper KS2 children. This would be a great way to speak to children about current world issues such as refuges in Geography lessons. It would also be great to study this book for Literacy.

  • Saffron
    2019-02-21 11:29

    I very much enjoyed this book and think it would be a good choice for guided reading for Year 4-6. It’s a story about two Mongolian brothers told through the eyes of their friend, Julie. When Chingis and his little brother Nergui arrive at Julie’s school they arouse a lot of interest with their exotic-looking afghan coats, tales of eagle-training and horses out on the vast Mongolian steppe. With the help of Julie, their ‘good guide’, the brothers soon fit in to school life and the three become good friends. However, Chingis and Nergui are afraid that a demon is chasing them and they enlist Julie’s help in outwitting it. This book explores the refugee experience as well as issues of identity and an unfamiliar culture in a realistic and accessible way. The setting - Bootle in Merseyside - gives it a down-to-earth feel and the characters are both believable and likable. The text is supported by Polaroid illustrations, which works really well in contributing an additional layer of sense of place and provides a nice twist at the end. I would certainly recommend this book to confident readers of 8 and over to read independently, but it would also make a good class read as it offers all kinds of opportunities to apply it to other areas of the curriculum, such as geography, PHSE, art and drama.

  • Andrewhouston
    2019-02-24 09:40

    Okay, maybe calling this a "classic" as that's what five stars means to Goodreads is a stretch but I really liked this kids book. I happened to be looking for some other books to bring in for the pre-teen kids I work with to look at. The fact that it was written by Frank Cottrell Boyce is what caught my eye. He's a fantastic screen writer known for his collaborations with director Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People, e.g.). I opened the book up and noticed that it used Polaroid pictures as illustrations and I thought well that's right down my alley. What followed was a really simple and very sweet story about a girl who finds some deeper meaning to her life when she becomes a "good guide" to a couple of Mongolian refugees one of whom believes a demon has been out to get him and the other who uses a Polaroid camera to remember his homeland and culture. It even made me tear up a bit in the end...which makes my pretty dorky. In fact some ideas in the book resemble a photography lesson plan that I have been trying to develop for some time and so I would like to use this book to develop it more. Cottrell Boyce also wrote the movie and book "Millions" which is now on my Netflix qeue.

  • Karen
    2019-02-23 04:25

    Frank Cottrell Boyce is starting to remind me of Avi – his books are so diverse, yet all wonderful in their own way. I absolutely adored Cosmic, and this quick read about two young Mongolian refugees who arrive in a small British town near Liverpool did not disappoint. It’s told as a flashback from the point of view of Julie, a Year 6 student who takes the boys under her wing and becomes their “good guide.” Julie becomes fond of and intrigued by the two boys, but doesn’t fully understand their family situation or immigration status until it’s somewhat too late. Parts of the story are funny and parts are poignant and almost heart wrenching. I loved the physical look of the book – the pages look like lined notebook paper, and the story is punctuated by numerous Polaroid camera photos, which add immeasurably to the power and symbolism of the story. The ending—which takes place when Julie is an adult—is very satisfying. Don’t miss the author’s Afterword in which he explains the motivation for the story, which is based on the experiences of an actual young Mongolian girl.

  • Elisha Condie
    2019-03-21 03:43

    Frank Cottrell Boyce's books are so sweet that I'm pretty sure they kill people. And I meant that in the nicest way. Every book I've read of his has been very good. Boyce writes with a perfect voice for his young narrators - I kind of forget it's a grown man with 7 kids who is really writing it.This book is about two Mongolian brothers who come to a small British town and choose a girl from their class to be their Good Guide (to show them around, show them the ropes, etc). The class is mesmerized by the older brother Chingis and his polaroids and stories of Mongolia. The brothers think a demon is after them, and they have to outwit him so that they will be safe. Sprinkled throughout are the polaroid pictures that Chingis takes, which were wonderful.This book took all of an hour (if that) to read, and it's so, so worth it. I want to read it to my big girl because I loved the kindness and imagination of the characters. Just a really good book. Have I said that enough? Really really good. That ought to do it.

  • Katie Logonauts
    2019-02-28 04:35

    This powerful and haunting story revolved around the sudden appearance of Chingis and his younger brother, immigrants to England from Mongolia. The book follows classmate Julie as finds herself suddenly their advocate. Told at times from her grown-up perspective, the story quickly becomes more complex as Julie tried to explain the boys' suspicious behavior. An interesting take on modern immigration and refugees, as well as the complexity of governmental responses.

  • Gill
    2019-03-08 04:29

    So pleased that I finally got round to read this unique book - prompted by the enthusiasm of a Y9 boy who said it was great. Along with the Olympics opening ceremony I think it confirms Frank Cottrell Boyce as a true genius. This attractively presented story is warm, funny and highly informative without being sentimental or preachy. It would be great as a class reader - ideal for Y6/Y7.

  • Hannah
    2019-03-15 09:18

    I got this book in primary school but have only just read it . I love this books because of the way it's set out , in my edition anyway, with pictures and thick lovely pages and big scribbly writing . This book felt so human and was such a good quick read and even though quite strange was a lovely book wrote perfectly from a child's prospective .

  • Betsy
    2019-03-09 03:33

    Contemporary Mongolia doesn’t have all that many English language children’s novels to its name. And if you asked me to name everything I knew about Mongolia today, I’d probably find myself referring to key scenes in that recent documentary Babies more than anything else. I don’t think I would have selected author Frank Cottrell Boyce to shed any light on the country or its inhabitants. Heck, I’ll take it one step further. With books like Millions and Cosmic under his belt I wouldn’t have even thought he’d want to write a book about immigration, cultural identity, fitting in, and having your assumptions wrecked. Shows what I know because write such a book he has and the result is a svelte little novel that may be his best. The Unforgotten Coat is the kind of book you get when an author gets an original idea and works it into something memorable. This is one story kids will read and then find difficult to forget.Julie first sees the boys on the playground during break. When the class returns inside the boys follow and suddenly there they are. Chingis and Nergui, two brothers from Mongolia. Almost immediately Chingis identifies Julie as their “Good Guide” who will show them around and tell them everything they need to know. Julie embraces her role with gusto, but as she helps the boys out she wants to know more and more about them. Where do they live? Why do they insist that Nergui is being tracked by a demon that will make him “vanish”. What’s their real story? The trouble is, the moment Julie realizes what’s going on it is far too late.The book is great. No question. But it’s the Afterword that deserves just as much attention. In it the reader learns where Boyce got the inspiration for this story. Turns out, during the very first school visit Mr. Boyce ever did, he sat with a group of kids that included a Mongolian girl by the name of Misheel. Then one day the Immigration Authorities took her away in the night and Boyce was left with the image of Misheel’s abandoned coat. He wanted to make a documentary with the kids of going to Mongolia to return the coat but that fell through. So it was he wrote this story instead with new characters and, at its core, an abandoned coat. Again.The best works of protest are those that don’t harangue you but softly win you over to their point of view. Boyce is not a fan of some of the actions taken by the U.K.’s immigration authorities, that’s for sure. In his Afterword he even goes so far as to say, “I do know that a country that authorizes its functionaries to snatch children from their beds in the middle of the night can’t really be called civilized.” And he could have made the characters of Chingis and Nergui adorable moppets who win your heart with a smile and a wink. He doesn’t. Chingis is demanding and Nergui isn’t far off. You do grow attached to them, but not because they’re cute or anything. If you like them it’s because you got to know them a little better, just as Julie has. So when they’re taken away you feel the shock of watching someone you know vanish. And it feels wrong. The character of Julie is fabulous, partly because I’ve never quite encountered her situation in a book for kids before. We don’t get much of a sense of Julie’s home life in this story. What we do know is that when she runs into Chingis and Nergui she is adopted by them and settles into her role as “Good Guide” with an overabundance of gusto. I think as kids we all knew that girl that would throw herself into a project without much in the way of forethought. Her obsession with Mongolia (and the boys’ relative disassociation with it) rings true. For all that it’s a short book, Boyce is remarkably good at synthesizing a story down to its most essential elements. Extra Bonus: It’s definitely the first novel for kids I’ve encountered where the emotional punch of the ending is entirely reliant on Facebook. No lie.Few works of fiction for kids think to make use of the skills of professional photographers. If photography is going to be a part of the narrative (say David and Ruth Ellwand’s The Mystery of the Fool and the Vanisher) then they do it themselves. Tapping fimmakers Carl Hunter and Clare Heney (who had previously been asked to make that documentary about the book’s source material) was perfect. I have a real problem with contemporary books for kids that use outdated technology (or, for that matter, fail to acknowledge ubiquitous contemporary technology). And if The Unforgotten Coat were set today then you’d probably hear me railing against its use of a Polaroid camera without acknowledging its rarity. But since the storyline takes place in the past, it makes a certain amount of sense. Hunter and Heney then proceed to take brilliant images that perfectly illustrate the text’s descriptions. A picture that at first glance appears to show chairs next to enormous trees that look like flowers? Check. Mounds of dirt that could well be mountains? Check and check. The images are all rather beautiful in their own right too, showing that you don’t have to skimp on the details in a chapter book for kids, even if it is only 112 pages. You could probably make an argument that the pictures in the book are prettier than actual Polaroids, but that’s hard to prove.I’m fascinated by the layout of the title too. Interestingly enough, it’s been designed to resemble a notebook with the key photographs laid into it. Notebook fiction is very big these days, all thanks to the success of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Most of those books are written in the first person by a kid who recounts the highs and lows (mostly lows) of their life with sketched in cartoony pictures. The Unforgotten Coat has exchanged these sketches for Polaroids and while the first person narrator is there, most of the action takes place in the past. The result is a book that feels like it’s a part of the notebook genre, but represents a sophisticated step up.There’s a moment at the end of the book when the now grown Julie looks at Chingis’s old coat and remarks, “I can see now that it wasn’t anything like a traditional Mongolian coat. It’s some kind of big, ancient hippie coat.” And with that, Boyce just takes a pin and pops an assumption that not only Julie made but every kid reading this book. Few authors have a way of turning you over on your head in the course of reading a children's title. Boyce can. Can and does. This is, without a doubt, one of the best little books I’ve ever read. A brilliant melding of text and image, it’s a wonderful example of what can happen when an author goes for something entirely new. Highly recommended for any kid wanting to read “a short book” as well as those looking for something a little sophisticated for the 9-12 age set. A true original.For ages 9-12.

  • Aleph Turing
    2019-03-07 08:19

    I read this book in about an hour. This book deals with the problem of immigrants. Thousands of people love this book, and this book has received an award. But I don't like this book.

  • Erica
    2019-03-02 09:37

    In a few short months, Julie will graduate and all her friends will scatter to new schools. But their elementary school has one last surprise waiting for them before they go. When Chingis and Nergui show up to class in their thick fur coats with the sun beating down outside, everyone is intrigued. Then, the teacher asks Nergui to remove his hat and Chingis responds that his brother is like an eagle calmed by a hood, and removing his hat would have disastrous results. These new kids are clearly not their average classmates and everyone wants to get to know them. Julie is the one they pick as their guide though, and she takes her responsibilities seriously. But something is wrong with the brothers. Chingis claims that a demon is chasing his brother--how could that possibly be true? Julie's seen plenty of strange things since the brothers showed up in her life though, and something clearly has them spooked. Perhaps there really is a demon chasing them after all. It's refreshing to see such a humorous and engrossing book dealing with such a serious topic. Not only does it highlight issues around adapting to a new culture, it eventually becomes clear that Chingis and Nergui are illegal immigrants. The book is so funny and quick though that the reader is already engaged with the characters by the time this is revealed and so it will appeal to plenty of kids who would otherwise shy away from issues fiction. I'm reading this to my other third grade class right now and they are enjoying it--especially the Polaroid pictures throughout (although I did have to explain what those were.) They're also learning a little about Mongolian culture along the way which I am at least finding fascinating and isn't commonly explored in juvenile fiction (or western fiction in general.) The book was apparently inspired by a student in the first class Boyce made an author visit to and it has a very authentic feel. The narrator is looking back on the incident as an adult, which allows Boyce to tell a story that has impact without leaving the readers on an uncertain and dark note. It took me a while to figure out that Chingis is another spelling of Genghis so Chingis is named after Genghis Khan. I wish there had been some sort of note about it. A pronunciation guide for the Mongolian words would have also been much appreciated and perhaps a glossary as well. Nothing makes me happier than good back matter!While I think it's fine for reading aloud to 3rd and 4th grade I'm not sure I'd give it to a student of that age to read on their own so that there's someone they can talk to when the immigration issues come up. The Mongolian words clearly will be new vocabulary for most students, but other than that the word are pretty easy. The book is short with pictures throughout but it is high interest and features students at the end of year six so it'd be a good book to give to 5th and 6th graders who are not strong readers. Read more of my reviews at

  • Hannah
    2019-03-01 06:41

    An intriguing book, partly because of its format, with its notebook lined pages and photographs smattered throughout. I liked how this made me as a reader feel like I was more a part of the adventure, and seeing the Polaroids that Chingis was taking really made the story feel more compelling and real.What I found perhaps most interesting about this book was all of the protagonist Julie's assumptions about the lives of Chingis and Nergui back in Mongolia, and how Chingis and Nergui intentionally propagate some of these myths (how she assumes that they ride on horseback everywhere and wear the heavy fur coats they have (which turn out to be from England); how she thinks that they must be incredibly adapted to living out in the elements and finds out she knows more about survival/is more practical than they are). Julie's attempts to be a "good guide" for them are interesting also, in that her efforts to make them more comfortable or draw them out by learning more about Mongolia and mentioning this information in class leave them stone-faced. Seeing Chingis and Nergui's adjustment process is also intriguing: how they are fascinated by football and pick up slang in an effort to fit in, eventually leaving Julie behind somewhat in an attempt to do the same.Chingis and Nergui's mysterious nature is what really drives this book, as Julie is continually trying to figure them out, especially with the "demon" that Nergui is hiding from. (view spoiler)[ Seeing at the end that the "exotic landscapes" of Mongolia are really fields not far from her own home, and learning that the "demons" persuing Nergui are in fact immigration agents was an unexpected twist that explains the brothers' reticence. I loved that Julie gets to reconnect with Chingis and Nergui at the end (albeit through the unromantic vehicle of Facebook) and find that they are well, and that they appreciated her as their "good guide." Knowing that this story was based on the real-life experience of a kindergarten class whose vivacious Mongolian classmate was suddenly deported made it all the more compelling. What a fascinating and sad story. (hide spoiler)]Much of this book was more about change than tradition, specifically the changes Nergui and Chingis were undergoing as refugees in England: changing their styles of speech and living in a defensive, below-the-radar kind of way as to avoid detection by immigration. From the point of view of our unreliable and naive storyteller Julie (in that she is very much still in the process of figuring the brothers out), it's hard to tell what actions that Nergui and Chingis take are from their traditions and what are results of changes. What's clear, however, in the metanarrative is that Britain's immigration policies are causing dramatic changes not only in the lives of refugees as they try to assimilate, but also in the lives of those around them when immigrants who've become a valued part of a community are suddenly deported.

  • Ciaran Mcnamee
    2019-03-15 11:19

    During the final term of primary school, a new boy joins Julie O’Connor’s class. Chengis comes from Mongolia. Chengis’ unusual clothes, exotic background and strange world-view fascinate Julie. She is delighted when Chengis asks her to act as ‘Good Guide’ to teach him and his brother Nergui about life in Bootle.Julie longs to be a part of Chengis’ world, which she imagines to be extremely exotic. Chengis encourages her to believe this by telling her stories about life in Mongolia and showing her Polaroid pictures of his home. However, she discovers that all is not as it seems: Chengis and his family live in a dilapidated housing estate rather than in a miniature Xanadu; the pictures of Mongolia are images of locations around Liverpool; Chengis’ traditional Mongolian coat was made in London; finally Julie learns that Chengis and his family have been deported because they entered the United Kingdom illegally. Years pass and Julie, now an adult, visits her old school, which is due to be demolished. She discovers Chengis’ old coat with the pictures in it in the lost property. By chance, she is contacted by Chengis though the internet soon after the visit and offers to return the coat. I loved the presentation of this story: it is set out like a school notebook, complete with margins and Polaroid pictures inserted at various points. It is pithily written and conveys the sense of possibility and excitement that I remember feeling at the start of adolescence very convincingly. Similarly, the reality of Chengis’ situation is dealt with sensitively yet unsentimentally. The criticism I have of the book is that I found Chengis a terribly annoying character. I have sympathy for his circumstances, but he is presumptuous, manipulative, stubborn and a show-off. I did not find his eccentricities endearing at all. It seemed entirely in keeping with his character that at the end of the book he wanted his ancient coat back. Despite my issues with one of the central characters, I enjoyed The Unforgotten Coat and would recommend it. It would be an excellent text to use with upper Key Stage 2. The obvious themes around which lessons could be based are immigration, refugees and multiculturalism. The layout of the book could inspire children to work with cameras to create exotic looking locations from the familiar and the account of the science lesson might motivate children to participate in practical science lessons enthusiastically. The Unforgotten Coat is also short enough that it could be used simply as a text to read to a class over the course of a few days.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-06 10:23

    A brilliant book that surprised by sucking me into it. I listened to the audiobook and I just love hearing the accents. Towards the end, I started to figure it out but was still wondering if the demon was real or not. Book talk: (show p. 12 pic of coat) If you saw this coat just hanging here, what kind of story do you think it would have? Where did it come from? Who left it? (take the time to hear what kinds of things they have to say) Frank Cottrell Boyce did exactly what you just did; this author wrote a story about this coat. One day two new boys show up in Julie's class, one of them wearing this coat. His name is Chingis and he says he is from Mongolia. His little brother, Nergui, refuses to leave his brother's side. The teacher tries to get Nergui to leave her class and go to his but Chingis says, "No." The teacher tries to get Nergui to take his hat off and Chingis says, "No." The teacher tries to get Nergui by his real name and agani Chingis says, "No." Julie and the rest of the class don't quite know what to make of these Mongolian immigrants but Julie soon becomes friends with them--and she's trying to puzzle out their mysterious behavior. WHY won't Nergui take off his hat? WHY won't they call him by his real name? WHY do they take a different route home everyday? Find out in The Unforgotten Coat.

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    2019-03-11 09:37

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  • Tracey
    2019-02-28 03:41

    children's fiction (marked for ages 8-12). This didn't immediately grab me (despite full color pages and lots of polaroids inserted into pages of the "journal") but I've heard good things and will try to seek out more books by this author in the future. Summary: Julie writes the story of when she befriended two Mongolian immigrants in the 6th/7th grade. They learn a lot from each other; at the very end of the story they all reconnect on Facebook. It's mildly interesting, but not very.

  • Abby Johnson
    2019-02-25 11:37

    It's a short little book and kids will dig the format and the photos. It's an important story and one that's obviously dear to Mr. Boyce's heart, but for me I didn't really connect with any of the characters. I don't know if that's a cultural thing (by which I mean the story's set in England) or if maybe the photos and notebook paper distracted from the story...

  • Louise
    2019-02-23 05:35

    lovely little book that made me feel quite nostalgic, not that any of these events happened in my childhood, but the author captured the whole school vibe down perfectly.the photo's in the book added a nice element, especially the last one.nice

  • Ela
    2019-03-10 10:22

    A really sweet, sad, funny book. The writing was thoughtful and the story was interesting with a really unique outlook. I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would and the fact that it’s inspired by a real story makes it even more touching.

  • A Severs
    2019-02-27 08:30

    I didn't know what sort of story it was until the end. But this is a story about life, being human and more specifically, the treatment of migrants. Funny and, dare I use the word, poignant.

  • Mrs. Trekas
    2019-03-06 04:25

    Holy Cow this book! I want everyone to read it!

  • Megan
    2019-03-04 05:32

    The Unforgotten Coat – Frank Cottrell Boyce (2011)• Winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, 2012. • Shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Awards, 2011.Short, short, short review: Odd, strangely compelling, mysterious, beautifully written, gorgeous production. Absolutely worth a read for the story, the message and the images. 5/5 stars.Longer review:Frank Cottrell Boyce wrote this book in response to a true story from his first author visit to a primary school, Joan of Arc Primary, in Bootle, England. He says:‘The thing I remember most is meeting a girl called Misheel. She was a refugee from Mongolia and she just lit up the room...Then one day the Immigration Authorities came and snatched her and her family in the middle of the night. Misheel managed to get one phone call through to Sue Kendall before one of the officers grabbed her phone. And of course she has not been seen since. I don’t know much about immigration policy or the politics of our relationship with Mongolia. Maybe there is some complicated reason why a depopulated and culturally deprived area like Bootle shouldn’t be allowed generous and brilliant visitors. I do know that a country that authorises its functionaries to snatch children from their beds in the middle of the night can’t really be called civilized.’He also wrote this book to support The Reader Organisation ( 50 000 copies of this book were given away in the UK. "It wasn't a commercial book at all – it came from a very different place," he said. "The Reader Organisation promotes reading to all kinds of different groups, from kids with difficulties to alcoholics, and they were looking for a book which would cross all the groups. They found it very difficult to find, so I wrote this as a gift."And what a gift it is.I read and loved ‘Millions’, which won the Carnegie Medal in 2004. Cottrell Boyce has a gift for telling a great story, and his children’s voices are utterly believable. He does have seven children aged between 8 and 27, the youngest of whom are homeschooled, so I guess that there is plenty of opportunity for hearing the way children say things. In ‘The Unforgotten Coat’ Julie tells the story of two Mongolian boys who arrived at her school rather mysteriously, when she was in Year Six. Now working, she visits her old school, because it was about to be knocked down, ‘and there at the back of our old classroom was a big blue plastic tub with LOST PROPERTY written on it. Mostly trainers and socks and a few books, a lockable Miffy diary, a couple of In the Night Garden lunchboxes. And the coat.The unforgettable coat of Chingis Tuul.’(The contents of the lost property box are so authentic, I wonder if the author went and inspected a real one!!)Julie finds some pictures from an old polaroid camera in one of the pockets, and it brings back memories. ‘It was the second week of the summer term. During morning break, Mimi spotted two kids – one big and one little, the big one holding the little one’s hand – staring through the railings of the playground. The little one was wearing a furry hat and they had identical coats. Mad coats – long, like dressing gowns, with fur inside. But any coat would have looked mad. The sun was beating down. The tarmac in the car park was melting. Everyone else was wearing T-shirts.’The children go into class and the teacher, Mrs Spendlove, tries to get the little one to take his hat off. Stig-like, the little brother does not speak. Chingis does the talking to the teacher.‘I take off his hat,’ he continued, ‘maybe he will go insane and kill everyone.’He was definitely threatening her . Threatening all of us. With his little brother.‘Chingis...’‘When you need your eagle to be calm, what do you do?’‘I don’t know.’ She looked around the class. Did anyone know? Why would anyone know?’‘Of course,’ he said, ‘You cover its eyes with a hood. When you want the eagle to fly and kill, you take off the hood. My brother is my eagle. With his hood on, he is calm enough. Without his hood, I don’t know what he will be like.’Year Six. We had been at school for six years and until that moment I thought I had probably learned all I would ever need to learn. I knew how to work out the volume of a cube. I knew who had painted the ‘Sunflowers’. I could tell you the history of St Lucia. I knew about lines of Tudors and lines of symmetry and the importance of eating five portions of fruit a day. But in all that time, I had never had a single lesson in eagle-calming. I had never even heard the subject mentioned. I’d had no idea that a person might need eagle-calming skills.And in that moment, I felt my own ignorance spread suddenly out behind me like a pair of wings, and every single thing I didn’t know was a feather on those wings. I could feel them tugging at the air, restless to be airborne.’The quality of writing is poetic, and entertaining. I love the irony here, with what Julie thinks is important to know, and the discovery that other kinds of knowledge might be even more important. Chingis is one smart cookie, serious and inscrutable. He asks Julie to be their Good Guide, to help them make their way in this place. Julie is completely caught up in his thrall. They boys are exotic and mysterious and she wants to know more. Julie is desperate to find their Xanadu, in Bootle. But, every time she comes up with a plan to find out more, Chingis neatly sidesteps. He tells Julie and her mum that Nergui believes he is being chased by a demon.‘It’s in disguise. It looks like an ordinary man.’Adults are beginning to get the idea. Children may still be just enjoying the telling of the story. But there is beginning to be a more foreboding tone to it – slightly less gentle. But still humorous. The production of this book is something beautiful, too. It is printed on lined pages, as if it were the pages of a notebook. There are Polaroid photos ‘stuck’ in the book, worthy of some time spent looking at them. I can imagine some great photography club work coming out of them. The cover of the book is textured, like cloth, and the title is embossed (if that’s the right word), so there is a lovely feel to it. I think that children of about 8-12yrs could manage to read this easily on their own, however, I do think they would benefit from reading with an adult.Some reviews by children can beread here :And some information about Frank Cottrell Boyce can be read here:

  • Mr. Holt
    2019-03-21 05:20

    Prior to starting "The Unforgotten Coat" by Frank Cottrell Boyce, I was a bit hesitant to jump into it as it didn't seem like my kind of book. I tend to prefer action or futuristic young adult literature, and this appeared to have neither of those aspects. Despite that, I read it anyway since it's one of the summer reading books my new sixth students might choose to read this summer, and I want to be sure that I am able to discuss the book with them. Being set in England, the language and vocabulary took a little getting used to, but I figured things out quite quickly. I like how the author used photographs to tie the story of a sixth grade girl and her experience with Mongolian refugees together. It added depth to the very unique and easy to read story. I thoroughly enjoyed this short but powerful novel about how refugees often have to live their lives in fear. The author did a fantastic job weaving together an original and creative narrative that kept me hooked the entire time as I tried to piece the story together. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an easy to read story about differences and compassion. It would be a great novel to use in the classroom when teaching about respecting others.

  • Anye Williams
    2019-03-13 04:26

    When two Mongolian brothers appear one morning in Julie's Year Six class, no one knows what to make of them. But then Chingis, the older of the two, proclaims that Julie is to be their "Good Guide" a nomadic tradition that makes her responsible for welcoming the brothers to their new home. Now Julie must somehow navigate them through soccer, school uniforms, and British slang, all while trying to win Shocky's attention and an invitation to her friend Mimi's house.I mean, how can you not like this book? Often laugh-out-loud funny, this is a moving and simply told story of immigration both fierce in its telling and realistic-fiction characters. This book can be quite hair-raising and spine-chilling, consequently I recommend this type of book to people who are interested in world issues and immigration.