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The Goat


FORMAT: Paperback PRICE: £6.99 PAGES: 160 Pages PUBLICATION DATE: 02/05/2018 ISBN: 9781782692140

The Goat

Anne Fleming

Pushkin Children's Books

When Kid accompanies her parents to New York City for a six-month stint of dog-sitting and home-schooling, she sees what looks like a tiny white cloud on the top of their apartment building.

Rumour says there's a goat living on the roof, but how can that be?

As Kid soon discovers, a goat on the roof may be the least strange thing about her new home. Painfully shy and too afraid to talk to new people at first, Kid is happy to explore Manhattan, especially the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park, where she meets Will, who is also home-schooled and under the constant watchful eye of his grandmother. As Kid and Will become friends, she learns that Will's parents died in the Twin Towers. Will can't look out windows, he is a practitioner of Spoonerism, and he is obsessed with the Ancient Egyptian Tomb of Perneb. When Kid learns that the goat will bring good luck to whoever sees it, suddenly it becomes very important to know whether the goat on the roof is real. So Kid and Will set out to learn the truth, even if it means confronting their own fears.


Selling points

  • The warmhearted tale of a home-schooled girl learning to lose her fears
  • A story of New York - the first children's book by a multi-award-winning Canadian author
  • For fans of From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; what a Wes Anderson film would be if it was a book for children
  • Film rights have been sold to Cirrina Studios, with producers David Lipman (Shrek 2) and David Womark (Life of Pi)


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