When The Sky Falls
Author: Phil Earle
A boy and a gorilla create an unbelievable bond in this powerful WWII tale for fans of Alan Gratz.
In 1940, with his father off to war, Joseph is sent on a train out of his British town into the care of Mrs. F., a gruff woman with no great fondness for children. But he soon discovers her softer side when she takes him to the rundown city zoo and he learns she is the only one who ever checks on it.
Many of the animals have escaped, been released, or have sadly starved . . . but not Adonis, a huge silverback gorilla. Adonis is strong and ferocious—and a danger to the whole city if a bomb should fall and damage the fence that keeps him in. But as Joseph struggles in his new school and starts to spend more time at the zoo, he finds, unexpectedly, Adonis becoming a loyal new friend. This is the touching story of how a boy and a gorilla find redemption in each other among the toughest of circumstances.