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The Flying Classroom

The Flying Classroom

By Erich Kästner
Illustrated by Walter Trier
Translated by Anthea Bell

“A memorable exploration of bravery, boyhood and friendships that last, albeit in a world that would soon vanish.” — The Wall Street Journal

“Originally published in 1935 and charmingly illustrated by Trier, Kästner’s (Emil and the Detectives) pleasingly sentimental tale of early 20th-century boarding-school life gets the opportunity to reach a new audience, courtesy of Bell’s new translation.” –Publishers Weekly

Martin’s school is no ordinary school. There are snowball fights, kidnappings, cakes, a parachute jump, a mysterious man called ‘No-Smoking’ who lives in a railway carriage and a play about a flying classroom.

As the Christmas holidays draw near, Martin and his friends – nervous Uli, cynical Sebastian, Johnny, who was rescued by a sea captain, and Matthias, who is always hungry (particularly after a meal) – are preparing for the end-of-term festivities. But there are surprises, sadness and trouble on the way – and a secret that changes everything.

The Flying Classroom is a magical, thrilling and bittersweet story about friendship, fun and being brave when you are at your most scared. (It also features a calf called Eduard, but you will have to read it to find out why.)

Paperback
160 pages
Ages 10 and up
Pushkin Children's Books, 2014
Originally Published in 1933
5.8 x 7.9 inches
ISBN 9781782690566
Children's Picture Book

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