Published: 28/11/2014
ISBN: 9781784620363
eISBN: 9781784627096
Format: Paperback/eBook

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Marianne Parry was born in Pontypridd, South Wales. She attended Pontypridd Girls' Grammar School and Worcester College, and worked for many years as a Primary School teacher. Her literary works inclu... read more

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Rusty and Friends
by Marianne Parry

Sitting beside his mother on the back seat of the old bus, Rusty pressed his freckled nose flat against the coolness of the window, and felt the familiar sense of relief sweep over him as the bus lumbered away from the grim prison walls.

Rusty is a sensitive boy who is dismayed to learn that the father he loves is a thief. Supported by two friends, Willie and a West Indian boy Sylvester, he endures the taunts of the tough children at his school. His affection for his father never falters and when his father becomes involved in a prison escape against his will, he learns that his father can also be a hero.

Willie is also involved in several misguided attempts to remove his grandmother from an old people’s home, with Rusty and Sylvester lending a helping hand where they can! The three friends also come up with a plan to break down Sylvester’s grandparents’ prejudice against his white mother, but will it be effective?

Rusty and Friends is a trio of stories that deal with a variety of social issues, including mixed race, the elderly and children with a parent in prison. It is a engaging book about family, friends and childhood that will be enjoyed by children aged 9 and up.

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2014 sees Marianne Parry publishing two books of short stories for children.

The first story, Tales of Wabasso, will be available from 28th August; and the second story, Rusty and Friends, will be available from 28th October.

Tales of Wabasso follows a group of North American Indian children and their tribe. It includes references to traditional customs, words and the environment in which they live, in order to create a vivid and exciting picture of their adventures. Anyone liking traditional stories for children will enjoy this book.

Rusty and Friends follows a group of British children coming to terms with various family issues, that are resolved in surprisingly positive ways. Many children will relate to situations like these.


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