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  • Hodder Children's Books

For National Curriculum Key Stage 2, Fiction, General fiction (Children's / Teenage), Animal stories (Children's / Teenage)

The dramatic story of a family's fight against badger baiting ... and of the badgers' fight for survival. Powerfully written by an award-winning author.

Marla the badger lives peacefully in a sett with Cadoc, her mate, and their three young cubs. They are unaware of the threat approaching - badger baiters are operating in the area, hunting for badgers to sell and use in the cruel 'sport' of badger baiting.

Meanwhile the twins Tom and Sarah, living on a nearby farm, have accidentally stumbled on evidence of badger baiting in their neighbourhood. They and their dad become increasingly involved in trying to prove this illegal activity to the police. When the law fails to step in, Tom and Sarah have to act alone to save Marla and her family from a terrible fate ...

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Praise for Cadoc

  • CADOC: Worthy, well-written and stomach-churning. - Daily Echo, Bournemouth

  • Wolf!: 'Captures perfectly the arbitrary, necessary cruelty of a predator and the deliberate, pointless cruelty of human hunters. Children will rush through this story ...' - Armadillo

  • Elephant Ben: 'compelling reading' - The School Librarian

  • An exciting and immensely enjoyable adventure story ... A great read for any young wildlife enthusiast. - The Northern Echo

  • Kimba:'Geoffrey Malone continues to be one of the great specialists of the animal novel.' - West of France review paper

  • Torn Ear: 'I thoroughly recommend this.' - The School Librarian

  • Cadoc: 'Give this book 8 out of 10.' - Aquila

  • Cadoc: 'Had me on the edge of my seat.' - School Librarian

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Geoffrey Malone

Geoffrey Malone spent most of his childhood in Africa, where he managed to avoid any formal education until the age of eleven. After school in England, he joined the army for sixteen years, then worked and travelled in North America. He became a broadcaster and wrote his first book about his nearest neighbours, a family of beavers: 'Brunner'. He lives happily in London with his wife and their cocker spaniel, Harriett, and advises charities dedicated to the preservation of endangered species. He has won the Children's Book of the Year prize in the French 'Tam-Tam, j'aime lire' competition, and the 'Prix Enfant-Grandparent Europeen' for 'Torn Ear'. He was also recently shortlisted for the Stockton Award for 'Elephant Ben'.

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