When the Sky Falls

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When the Sky Falls

Author: Phil Earle

Reading age: Year 5+

Summary: Inspired by a true story, this captivating and moving story is set in World War II and centres around a young boy who has been sent away from his Grandmother to the city. War is raging and so is Joseph as he struggles to settle into his new life. Joseph is staying with Mrs F whose only love is her rundown zoo and its mighty silverback gorilla, Adonis. Bombs are falling left, right and centre, and if they fall on Adonis’ cage, he will be set free rampaging round the city. Joseph and Mrs F need to end his life to avoid this from happening, and along the way, they learn a lot about themselves and each other. But will they be able to end the life of the one thing they truly love?


– An emotional and raw story.

– Joseph is dyslexic, so it is interesting seeing how this was dealt with during this time.

– Shows the reality of war in cities when bombing was incredibly close to home.

– A powerful and meaningful story of love and fear.

Star rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️  5/5

Reviewed by: Tara Cross @_tarasteaching

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