A moving tale of a bereaved city boy adapting to the simple life in rural Malawi.
Jan Michael spent an idyllic childhood, living between the Yorkshire moors where she was born, and the Seychelles where her parents worked. She was sent to boarding school in Wales when she was eleven, and from then on visited many different countries in Africa and Asia in the summer months. She has written five adult novels to date, and several children's stories, which have been variously published in English, Dutch, Italian, German and Japanese. She has won two prizes in the Netherlands, including the Dutch Vlag en Wimpel prize. Jan now lives partly in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and partly in Settle, North Yorkshire.
"...realistic and somewhat harrowing" * The Northern Echo *
"The story is sure to find a warm response in young readers, especially since, though the circumstances may differ, the feelings and responses that Sam experiences are those of everychild." * Books for Keeps *
"It makes a strong and lasting impact... a heart-warming book." * Teen Titles 43 *
"[Sam's] moving story is well told by an author who never puts a foot wrong." * Carousel *