Cherokee

Cherokee

Gene's grandfather, Cherokee, is a famous jazz musician and Gene travels the world with him. He loves the life and his only ambition is to be a musician too. But his aunt is totally opposed to the idea ...

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Gene's grandfather, Cherokee, is a famous jazz musician and Gene travels the world with him. He loves the life and his only ambition is to be a musician too. But his aunt is totally opposed to the idea and when Gene is left on an island by accident, she sees her chance to give him a 'normal' life. Is this the end of Gene's dreams? Gene has a wonderful life travelling the world with his famous grandfather, jazz musician Cherokee Crawford. Adventure, excitement, and his clarinet - what more could he need?

The answer, says his Aunt Joan, is a normal life, with rules and discipline. She finally succeeds in getting him away from Cherokee to her own house, where the only music allowed is the hum of the hoover! Is this the end of Gene's dreams, and what is really behind his aunt's hatred of music?

Escape seems the only answer - but life has a lot of surprises in store for Gene.

Creina Mansfield
Creina Mansfield was born in Bristol in 1949. She studied literature at Cambridge and became a teacher of English at secondary school level. She lived in Dublin for a number of years and is now living in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England with her husband and two teenage sons.

Her first book, Fairchild was published in Hong Kong. Cherokee, Creina's first book with The O'Brien Press, was published in 1994, followed by My Nasty Neighbours in 1995.

Her last books are It Wasn't Me, the story of how Jack deals with the school bully, and Snip Snip for younger readers. Creina's writing has been praised as 'original and compulsive' by Books Ireland and her books have been very favourably reviewed.

'most unusual, very authentic'

The Gay Byrne Show

'delightful'

Sunday Press

'original, beautifully fresh ... a memorable read'

Children's Books in Ireland Robert Dunbar - Children's Books in Ireland

'... many insights, conveyed with a light and humorous touch, into the dawning consciousness of the complexities of adult behaviour ... Cherokee is a surprising novel. It is written in the form of several diaries -- which Gene writes periodically -- and the comments he makes about life around him. It raises the concept of what being conventional means, and analyses the topics of traditional schooling versus the school of life; growing up, and making the right choices in life.'

Lollipops (USA)

'A major find'

Books Ireland Books Ireland

'A nicely tongue-in-cheek story'

The Irish Times The Irish Times

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Also by Creina Mansfield:

Snip Snip!
My Nutty Neighbours
My Nasty Neighbours

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