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'Emil and the Detectives' by Erich Kastner

 

Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner is a tale of adventure and personal integrity. Emil is a good boy, though not perfect. After doing something he knows to be wrong in his home town, he sets off for Berlin. While on the train he is robbed of his holiday money; money his mother worked very hard to put aside for him. What follows is a tale of adventure and determination as Emil joins a band of ‘detectives’ in order to retrieve his money. This book is an excellent opportunity to discuss themes of honesty (should Emil have lied to his relatives?) and virtue more broadly (Emil is good, but not perfect).