In a world between wars, a young man on the cusp of taking priestly vows is suddenly made a fugitive. Fleeing the accusations of police who blame him for a murder, as well as more sinister forces with darker intentions, Vango attempts to trace the secrets of his shrouded past and prove his innocence before all is lost. As he crisscrosses the continent via train, boat, and even the Graf Zeppelin airship, his adventures take him from Parisian rooftops to Mediterranean islands to Scottish forests.
A toy soldier. A butter dish. A compass. Mundane objects, perhaps, but to the remarkable authors in this collection, artifacts such as these have inspired stories that go to the heart of the human experience of World War I. Each author was invited to choose an object that had a connection to the war - a writing kit for David Almond, a helmet for Michael Morpurgo - and use it as the inspiration for an original short story.
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Fleeing dark forces and unfounded accusations across Europe in the dark years between World Wars, a young man named Vango has been in danger for as long as he can remember. He has spent his life jumping across rooftops, fleeing to isolated islands, and evading capture across Russia, Paris, New York, and Italy. Narrow escapes, near misses, and a dash of romantic intrigue will rivet adventurous teens to their seats as Vango continues to unravel the mysteries of his past.
Toby's father, a brilliant scientist, has discovered an alarming truth about the great oak Tree that Toby’s people call home: it’s alive. And if they continue digging deeper into the heart of the Tree, their whole civilization could be at risk. In an attempt to silence Professor Lolness, the builders who control things in the Tree take him and his family captive. But Toby manages to escape, taking with him the secret to the Tree’s energy - a secret his pursuers will do anything to get their hands on, even if it means killing an innocent boy.
Toby’s world is under greater threat than ever before. A giant crater has been dug right into the center of the Tree, moss and lichen have invaded the branches, and one tyrant controls it all. Leo Blue, once Toby’s best friend, is holding Toby’s beloved Elisha prisoner, hunting the Grass People with merciless force, and inﬂicting a life of poverty and fear on the Tree People. But after several years among the Grass People, Toby has returned to ﬁght back. And this time he’s not alone: a resistance is forming.
Paris, 1934. Zusammen mit vierzig anderen weiß gekleideten Männern wartet Vango, 19 Jahre, ausgestreckt auf den Pflastersteinen vor Notre-Dame auf seine Priesterweihe...
New York, 1936. Vango versucht verzweifelt, den Mann zu finden, der seine Eltern auf dem Gewissen hat. Und der zugleich der einzige Mensch auf der Welt ist, der Vango Aufschluss über die Nacht geben kann, in der seine Eltern brutal ermordet worden sind. Doch dieser Mann, Cafarello, ist inzwischen eine Größe in der New Yorker Unterwelt und Meister darin, seine Spuren zu verwischen. Und Vango wird weiterhin verfolgt, ohne wirklich zu wissen, wer seine Verfolger sind und was sie von ihm wollen.
Toby's world is under greater threat than ever before. Leo Blue, once Toby's best friend, now his worst enemy, is holding Elisha prisoner, hunting the Grass People with merciless force, capturing all who stand in his way, inflicting a life of poverty and fear. But returning after several years among the Grass People, Toby will fight back. And this time he's not alone. A resistance is forming ...
Toby is just one and a half millimetres tall, and he's the most wanted person in his world, the great oak Tree. When Toby's father makes a ground-breaking discovery, he realises that exploiting it could do damage to their world. Refusing to reveal the secret to an enraged community, Toby's parents have been imprisoned. Only Toby has managed to escape, but for how long?