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‘Flamingo Boy’ by Michael Morpurgo

 

Set in the South of France during World War 2, ‘Flamingo Boy’ is a story about a young autistic boy making sense of a radically changed world. Before the Germans occupied his town, he enjoyed the routine of his parent’s farm, the animals that he helped look after and the flamingos that lived on the salt flats. As his world gets turned upside down, the boy befriends a kind German sergeant - a man with a young boy of his own at home, and between them, they try to mend what has been broken. This is an incredibly moving book about kindness and friendship in the most unlikely of places.