The Road To Ever After

The Road To Ever After

The Road To Ever After
Moira Young

Macmillan Children's Books

ISBN 9781509832583

Davy David, an orphan, lives by his wits in the dead-end town of Brownvale. When a stray dog called George turns Davy's life upside down just days before Christmas, he sets in motion a chain of events which forces them to flee. A mischievous wind blows the two of them to a boarded-up museum on the outskirts of town where they meet the elderly recluse, Miss Flint. She has planned one last adventure before her time is up and hires the reluctant Davy and George to escort her. A magical adventure about an unlikely friendship and an unforgettable journey.

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Davy David is a homeless 12-year-old who spends his time in the library with friends, or making beautiful artworks of angels in the dust around town. When a stray dog called George befriends him near to Christmas time, things begin to change for Davy; the swirling winds bring with them a down turn in his fortunes.

An evil gang master is on Davy's tail in a bid to drive him out of town; Parson Fall is determined to rid the town of Davy's angels, and the library has closed. In an attempt to endear himself to the town boys, Davy ends up in the derelict town museum where he meets the eccentric and indomitable Miss Flint; she asks him to drive her on a final journey to her childhood home.

There follows the beautiful story of a poignant and incredibly unusual road trip. The language used in this novel is absolutely beautiful and is an excellent example of how to use personification to paint a picture in the reader's mind. It would be a very good text to use when teaching children how to use language for narrative description.

The story regularly references It's a Wonderful Life and also bears resemblance to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and also Driving Miss Daisy. However, it is very cleverly written in its own right and it may take a while for young readers to work out what is happening to Miss Flint.

This book sent me on a roller coaster of emotions. Despite shedding tears, I found it to be full of hope as well as being very beautiful and poignant. This is a must read for adults, let alone children!

227 pages / Ages 9+ / Reviewed by Mikeala Morgans, teacher.