Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler (Puffin Modern Classics) Paperback – Nov 4 1994
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numerous line drawings --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Gene Kemp has established herself as one of the most inventive and imaginative of British children's writers. She was born in 1926 and grew up in Staffordshire. After studying at Exeter University she taught, married and had three children. She is best-known for her Cricklepit School stories, including The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler, a winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Children's Rights Award, Charlie Lewis Plays for Time, which was runner-up for the Whitbread Award in 1985, and Just Ferret, which was a runner-up for the Smarties Award in 1990. In addition, she has written The Clock Tower Ghost, Jason Bodger and the Priory Ghost (short stories) and a poetry anthology. She also writes for TV and radio. In 1984 she was awarded an honorary degree for her books, which have been translated into numerous languages. She lives in Devon. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Tyke Tiler is our narrator, and tells the story in a haphazard manner filled with slang, bad jokes, great dialogue, and internal thoughts and feelings that give the reader an incredible sense of what it's like to really be a child -- a little confused, not quite a part of the grown-up world, but with a strong personality regardless. Tyke can be a bit bossy, but doesn't hate school, and is a bit of an idol to best friend Danny Price. The pair of them get into a lot of trouble together, trying to collect a sheep's skeleton from a muddy leet, or disposing of a stolen ten pound note. Tyke's family, teachers, and fellow students are all clearly written.
This book would be suitable for children aged 8 to 12. It doesn't have the glamourous appeal of Harry Potter or the like, but it's closer to home and much more real. In Tyke Tiler kids would have a character they can relate to, whose problems and thoughts are the same as theirs. Too bad it's unavailable in America.
Aimed at 8-12 year olds
The whole term is a trial for Tyke who has to, at one time or another, fish a sheep's skeleton from a stream, perform chores around the house, steal a test to make sure Danny passes it, deliver electoral leaflets around town and beat up either slimy Martin Kneeshaw or his henchman Kevin Simms. But the real challenge is ringing the broken school bell that was last rung by an ancestor of Tyke's a long time ago. Climbing the roof without a ladder and pushing the bell without falling off or damaging the school will be the real test of Tyke's daring.
Tyke, of course, is a nickname and the subtle hints all over the book of how horrible the real name is sets the reader up for the surprise.