The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne
Doubleday ISBN 9780857531469
Barnaby Brocket is a very unusual boy. He defies the laws of gravity - and floats. His parents try to take steps to keep him firmly on the ground but, at the end of their tether, they decide to release Barnaby. At first he is horrified - but when he floats towards a rather special hot air balloon a new, magical life begins for Barnaby. This imaginative tale is beautifully written and the colourful characters are very entertaining. How lovely to read about someone discovering that, even in extraordinary circumstances, there is nothing better than just being yourself.