The Tin Snail

The tin snailThis fun, fast-paced World War II adventure, told through the eyes of a teenage boy, is based on the true story of the Citroen 2CV car. In 1938, thirteen-year-old Angelo wants to help his father, who is a well-known auto designer, invent a car for everyday working people. After many failures and crashes, they, with the help of Angelo’s friend Camille and other villagers, build a prototype that will carry “a farmer, his wife, two chickens, a flagon of wine, and a dozen eggs safely across a bumpy fields.” War breaks out and testing the prototype, the Tin Snail, becomes difficult because the Nazis want to steal the design. Black-and–white chapter-heading drawings are a delightful addition. An epilogue, set at the Paris Motor Show of 1948, tells about the post-war development of the car and brings readers up to date with Angelo and Camille. A final chapter, The True Story Behind The Tin Snail, gives the events that inspired the story. mjw
Title: The Tin Snail
Author: Cameron McAllister
Illustrator
: Sam Usher
Publisher
: Delacorte Press
Copyright
: 2014
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: Random House Children’s Publishers UK, London
Original Copyright
: 2014
ISBN
: 978-0-553-53638-6
Hardcover pages
: 275
Age range
: 9-12
Genre
: Historical Fiction
Book setting
: France
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: Brighton, England
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s residence
: North London, England
Subjects
: Automobiles – design and construction, Cars, Europe, Fathers and sons, France, German occupation, Italians, Military and wars, Underground movements, World War II

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