The author of former Waterstones Children's Book of the Year The Boy at the Back of the Class combines fast-paced adventure with social comment once more in this gripping tale of robbery at the local food bank.
Written with great empathy and Rauf's trademark humour, The Great (Food) Bank Heist is a moving story that gives a child's-eye view of the increasing problem of food poverty.
On Thursdays, Nelson, Ashley and Mum head out to the bank. But not just any old bank - the food bank. With its shining tins and packets of food stacked from floor to ceiling, Nelson thinks it's the best kind of bank there is. But there's a thief in town, and the shelves of the food bank are getting emptier each day, leaving people hungrier than ever. For the sake of his family and everyone else's, Nelson needs to make them stop. But can he and his friends really be the ones to catch the bank robber?
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Number of pages: 104
Dimensions: 198 x 130 mm
"This is masterful and empathetic storytelling at its best ... Rauf gives a child's-eye view of food poverty, friendship and community spirit ... A great story set in a unique and modern setting that I would highly recommend" -- INIS
"Delivers exactly what Onjali is famous for... great adventure with a very special message ... A brilliant read which I hope will highlight the issue to many and perhaps encourage greater understanding" -- Independent Book Reviews
"We are so grateful to Onjali for writing this powerful book" -- Emma Revie, Chief Executive of The Trussell Trust
"A story that doesn't shy away from the real problems of low income families but also provides some humour and adventure at the same time ... great illustrations by Elisa Paganelli which give the book an extra dimension and bring the cast to life for the reader" -- The Letterpress Project
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Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy.
This book delivers exactly what Onjali is famous for... great adventure with a very special message.
The story is about food poverty, food banks and the very... More
“A fun quick read which raises money for a good cause!”
I can highly recommend The Great (Food) Bank Heist, it is a short and sweet story full of delightful drawings by Elisa Paganelli and fun antics for everyone to enjoy. Onjali Q Raúf raises awareness for those children... More
“An Important Message”
Child poverty is a big problem in the UK, though one that a lot of people probably don't like to acknowledge exists. We hear of families that barely have enough food to live, of children going hungry and worrying... More
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