The Penguin Lessons

The Penguin Lessons

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Tom Michell is in his roaring twenties: single, free-spirited and seeking adventure. He has a plane ticket to South America, a teaching position in a prestigious Argentinian boarding school and endless summer holidays. He even has a motorbike! What he doesn't need is a pet. What he really doesn't need is a pet penguin. Set against Argentina's turbulent years, this is the heart-warming story of Juan Salvador the penguin, rescued by Tom from an oil slick in Uruguay just days before a new term. When the bird refuses to leave Tom's side, he has no choice but to smuggle it through customs, across the border and back to school, where it soon transforms the lives of all they meet.
Publisher: [London] : Michael Joseph, 2015.
ISBN: 9780718181635
Branch Call Number: 371.1 MIC
Characteristics: 227 p. :,map ;,21 cm.


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Sweet story, just over 250 pages. Could have stood another edit to remove some of the repetition of ideas but the author is a great story teller. As a young man he taught in an Argentinian British-style boarding school. On vacation he came across a beach of penguins covered in oil but one was still alive and struggling. He took it to his hotel, washed it then took it back to the boarding school where he was adopted by staff and students. Some nice coming of age stories for the boys as they cared for the penguin. Some brief but fascinating insight into the hyper-inflation economy of Eva Peron's Argentina.

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