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The Bird in the Bamboo Cage

Narrated by: Imogen Church, Rosie Jones
Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Summary

War imprisoned them. Friendship set them free. 

China, 1941. With Japan’s declaration of war on the Allies, Elspeth Kent’s future changes forever. When soldiers take control of the missionary school where she teaches, comfortable security is replaced by rationing, uncertainty and fear.

Ten-year-old Nancy Plummer has always felt safe at Chefoo School. Now the enemy, separated indefinitely from anxious parents, the children must turn to their teachers - to Miss Kent and her new Girl Guide patrol especially - for help. But worse is to come when the pupils and teachers are sent to a distant internment camp. Unimaginable hardship, impossible choices and danger lie ahead.

Inspired by true events, this is the unforgettable story of the life-changing bonds formed between a young girl and her teacher in a remote corner of a terrible war. 

©2020 Hazel Gaynor (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Moving and authentic." (Dinah Jefferies)

"Beautiful...warm, loveable characters who had me rooting for them all the way." (Tracy Rees)   

"An absolute treat." (Liz Nugent)

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familiar story

the narration and accents was lovely. the story was similar to Empire of the Sun which is one of my favourites so that was alright. I look forward to reading more from this author.

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amazing amazing amazing

A harrowing and beautiful story, beautifully read and punctuated, it will stay with me for some time

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Very moving and good narration

I couldn't stop reading this book despite bringing me to tears on several occasions. Having not seen my mother and family throughout the lockdown this story brought everything into perspective. Well written and narrated. I wonder if the Brownie and Guide movement is still as strong? I hope so. I would love to see this as a film.