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A Cardboard Palace - Allayne L. Webster

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Jorge lives in a shanty town on the outskirts of Paris. Bill, a controller, has an army of child thieves at his command and Jorge is one of them.

But soon Jorge faces an even bigger threat.

His home is to be bulldozed. Where will Jorge sleep? What will happen to his friends, Ada and Gino? Could a burgeoning friendship with Australian chef, Sticky-Ricky, help Jorge to stop Bill and save the army of child-thieves? And will he do it before he loses Ada forever?

Jorge can’t keep fighting to live now he must live to fight.

A harrowing, humbling story about one boy’s desperation to escape a life of crippling poverty.

Industry Reviews

‘A Cardboard Palace reads like a modern Dickens story set in Paris, giving a voice to trafficked Romany children who are forced to labour illegally for a pittance. […] Jorge has been trained to steal wallets but ultimately he will steal your heart.’ - Rosanne Hawke, author of Marrying Ameera

‘A Cardboard Palace gives voice to displaced children.’ - Susanne Gervay, author of the I Am Jack series

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I purchased this book after having a previous book by the same author recommended to me by a friend, I wasn't expecting much from it. I was wrong. This was an excellent book, it had me intrigued from cover to cover. The story line was interesting and easy to follow. The characters leap out of the pages and entwine themselves into your heart. I found myself celebrating the highs and lows with each of the main characters and hoping for a happy ending. Great Book Excellent Read.

Port Pirie, South Australia


A Cardboard Palace

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ISBN: 9781925227253
ISBN-10: 1925227251
Audience: Children
For Ages: 8+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1st June 2017
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8

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