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There’s nothing unusual about the Brockets. Normal, respectable, and proud of it, they turn up their noses at anyone strange or different. But from the moment Barnaby Brocket comes into the world, it’s clear he’s anything but ordinary. To his parents’ horror, Barnaby defies the laws of gravity – and floats.

Desperate to please his parents, Barnaby does his best to keep both feet on the ground – but he just can’t do it. One fateful day, the Brockets decide enough is enough. They never asked for a weird, abnormal, floating child. Barnaby has to go . . .

Betrayed, frightened and alone, Barnaby floats into the path of a very special hot air balloon – and so begins a magical journey around the world, with a cast of extraordinary new friends.

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Comments on: "The terrible thing that happened to Barnaby Brocket – John Boyne" (1)

  1. I would like to recommend “The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket” by the same author as “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” John Boyne. It is an amazing book about a boy called Barnaby who lives in a completely normal family. The only thing that is odd is the fact that Barnaby Brocket defies the laws of gravity and can float. His parents are horrified by this abnormal thing and does everything they can do to get there abnormal boy to have his feet on the ground. after five years of no success. Barnaby’s parents then think that enough is enough and decide it is time to let go of Barnaby and give him to the sky. This book is an amazing three hanky read that should defiantly be in the SHC library.


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