The Great (Food) Bank Heist (Paperback)Onjali Q. Rauf (author), Elisa Paganelli (illustrator)
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: 112
Dimensions: 198 x 130 mm
"A typically accessible and empathy-filled contemporary story that takes a child's-eye look at the increasing problem of food poverty" -- The Bookseller
"A tender and funny look at a difficult subject" iNews
"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
"Heartwarming [with] touches of humour ... Marvellous on so many levels" -- Book Trust
"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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“So many powerful messages in this short read.”
I always get excited when a new book by Onjali Q. Raúf is published and I was thrilled to see that for her latest venture she has partnered up with the brilliant Barrington Stoke. This powerful read raises awareness... More
“Food poverty, friendship and investigation”
First of all, the illustrations are fabulous - I recognised Elisa Paganelli's work and was excited to see how it looked, such a great addition to the story. The illustrations add to the story perfectly.
“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
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