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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 his early life in Africa and did not receive any formal schooling until the age of eleven. He later spent sixteen years as a soldier, then left the UK for Toronto, where he joined a Canadian advertising agency.

An encounter with a colony of beavers in the Ontario wilderness during his stay in Canada, led to his first book - Brunner. He returned to Britain determined to write for children. He has now had eight books published, most of which are about wild animals. They are all closely observed and describe the struggle for survival among differing species, in today's man-dominated world.

He won the (prestigious) French Children's Book of the Year, TamTam Prize, for Torn Ear, the story of a fox. This was followed soon afterwards by the award of the, Prix d' Enfants et Grand-Parents Europeen. In England, he was shortlisted for the 2001 Stockton Children's Book of the Year, with Elephant Ben, a story about ivory poaching.

His subjects have included badger baiting in England; the slaughter of Indian tigers, and life inside a wolf pack, in Wyoming, USA. His latest book, Dead Boys' Club, sees a return to Africa and a vivid description of the horrors of modern day slavery, as a Child Soldier.

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