Framed

Framed

Book - 2005
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Dylan is the only boy living in the tiny Welsh town of Manod. His parents run the Snowdonia Oasis Auto Marvel garage - and when he's not trying to persuade his sisters to play football, Dylan is in charge of the petrol log. And that means he gets to keep track of everyone coming in and out of Manod - what car they drive, what they're called, even their favourite flavour of crisps. But when a mysterious convoy of lorries trundles up the misty mountainside towards an old, disused mine, even Dylan is confounded. Who are these people - and what have they got to hide? A story inspired by a press cutting describing how, during WWII, the treasured contents of London's National Gallery were stored in Welsh slate mines. Once a month, a morale-boosting masterpiece would be unveiled in the village and then returned to London for viewing. This is a funny and touching exploration of how Art - its beauty and its value - touches the life of one little boy and his big family in a very small town.Dylan is the only boy living in the tiny Welsh town of Manod. His parents run the Snowdonia Oasis Auto Marvel garage - and when he's not trying to persuade his sisters to play football, Dylan is in charge of the petrol log. And that means he gets to keep track of everyone coming in and out of Manod - what car they drive, what they're called, even their favourite flavour of crisps. But when a mysterious convoy of lorries trundles up the misty mountainside towards an old, disused mine, even Dylan is confounded. Who are these people - and what have they got to hide? A story inspired by a press cutting describing how, during WWII, the treasured contents of London's National Gallery were stored in Welsh slate mines. Once a month, a morale-boosting masterpiece would be unveiled in the village and then returned to London for viewing. This is a funny and touching exploration of how Art - its beauty and its value - touches the life of one little boy and his big family in a very small town.
Publisher: London, England : Macmillan, c2005
ISBN: 9780330434256
033043425X
Branch Call Number: J FIC Boyce
Characteristics: 311 p.

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GLNovak
Oct 10, 2012

Dylan is delightful. He is an exuberant, positive-thinking, idea-rich boy who only wants others to see how great both his town of Manod and the slate mountain behind it are. Unfortunately, business is not very good for his parents garage. Minnie, his little sister, has a brilliant scheme to solve all their money problems. Dylan is doubtful but eventually goes along, and wouldn't you know it - everything turns out all right. Fast-paced writing with humour that anyone can enjoy. Good read for boys or girls. Another plot where children are given full-rein to do what they do best - take initiative.

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randylynne
Nov 17, 2013

Nine-year-old Dylan lives in Manod, a small town in Wales. His father's garage is having troubles, as more and more families leave town for bigger and better opportunities. When flooding in London results in paintings from the National Gallery being stored in Manod, Dylan and his sisters try to save the family business--even if it means entering into a life of crime. In the process, a town discovers art, and one crusty curator learns to see the not-so-hidden beauty all around.

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