On a stormy night, little Yann Doutreleau wakes up his six older
brothers, all twins. He lets them know that they must flee their
home--or risk being killed by their violent father. Without
question, the siblings follow Yann into the wet darkness. And so
begins their remarkable odyssey toward the ocean--as well as an
unforgettable story of brotherhood.
The social worker investigating the Doutreleau family, the truck
driver who gives the boys a lift, the police officer who believes
they've run away, the baker who gives them bread--each of the many
people the seven boys encounter gives a stirring account of what he
or she witnesses. The twins themselves add their voices, as do the
Doutreleau parents; but not until the end of the journey does
little Yann express his reasons for his galvanizing actions.
★ "A well-crafted mystery awaits anyone reading this fabled
jigsaw puzzle. It is a memorable novel that readers will find
engaging and intellectually satisfying.""--School Library Journal,
★ "Mourlevat enchantingly blends the harshly real and the
make-believe.""--Publishers Weekly, "Starred
"A Mildred L. Batchelder Award Winner
A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age
An ALA Notable Book
A Bank Street College of Education Best Book"
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