A Hundred Million Francs

A Hundred Million Francs By Paul Berna Richard Kennedy John Buchanan-Brown, A Hundred Million Francs Berna using his experience as a journalist on a suburban newspaper in the s could describe with personal knowledge the slum life and s of the children whose only plaything is a headless wooden h
  • Title: A Hundred Million Francs
  • Author: Paul Berna Richard Kennedy John Buchanan-Brown
  • ISBN: 9780140301434
  • Page: 351
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Hundred Million Francs By Paul Berna Richard Kennedy John Buchanan-Brown, Berna, using his experience as a journalist on a suburban newspaper in the 1930s, could describe with personal knowledge the slum life and s of the children whose only plaything is a headless wooden horse on three iron wheels Happily they career through the street of Louvigny tough, independent, prepared to resist threats, bribe anything to protect their horse TheBerna, using his experience as a journalist on a suburban newspaper in the 1930s, could describe with personal knowledge the slum life and s of the children whose only plaything is a headless wooden horse on three iron wheels Happily they career through the street of Louvigny tough, independent, prepared to resist threats, bribe anything to protect their horse The story is irresistible in its vitality, and remarkable for the nature of the gang, a multicultural mix of ages, colour and gender Although a boy, Gaby, is the leader, it is a girl, Marion, who has the stronger personality and controls their secret weapon a collection of stray dogs she has rescued and trained to respond at a word The gang look after each other with unsentimental caring something the author obviously remembered from his own childhood as one of seven, whose father died in the first month of the First World War from The Independent obituary
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    1. Paul Berna Richard Kennedy John Buchanan-Brown

      Paul Berna, est le pseudonyme le plus connu de Jean Marie Edmond Sabran 21 f vrier 1908, Hy res 19 janvier 1994, Paris , crivain fran ais du XXe si cle.

    210 thoughts on “A Hundred Million Francs”

    1. 4.5 stars A gang of French children have a favourite game One of them owns what must be an old rocking horse or carousel horse that has been welded onto a chassis with three wheels The horse having lost it s head does not lessen the children s enjoyment at all, they spend their days riding their horse down a steep road and avoiding traffic or not as the case may be The children get caught up in solving a bank heist There are some great characters, we loved Marian with her 60 or so faithful dogs [...]


    2. In English, The Horse Without a Head is one of my top ten favorite books EVER Ever I must have read it about 40 times in English this is the second time I ve read it in French Having read 3 or 4 novels en francais in the past year, I think it s fair to say that the prose here is the most difficult I ve come across full of slang and technical terms the setting is brutally urban, a busy rail junction and industrial area in post world war two Parisian slums , and the plot is so darn full of twists [...]


    3. Inspector Sinet took a good look at her She was an odd sort of girl, not yet twelve and wretchedly poor, and yet there was something about her that made you think twice She was worth having on your side.For STRONG FEMALE CHARACTERS, no one EVEN COMES CLOSE to Marion Fabert You just can t beat her 1955, in too short skirt and cut down man s jacket, gold fringe beneath a black beret the gang s treasurer, tough as nails, vet to every dog in Louvigny, with a dozen dog patients kept in cast off rabbi [...]




    4. Vaeses prantsuse agulis elavate lastekamba jaoks on oluline vaid ks ja ainus m nguasi vana peata hobune, millega saab t iskiirusel m da t navaid alla kihutada kitselt hakkavad igasugu kahtlased tegelased nende hobuse vastu huvi tundma ning soovivad seda suure summa eest ra osta Lapsed pole n us oma m nguasjast loobuma ning hel p eval hobune varastatakse Politsei ei v ta kadunud hobuse juhtumit t siselt ja nii ei j lastel muud le kui uurimine enda k tte v tta L puks on loosse segatud nii pangar v [...]


    5. I didn t even know that this book had been re released I ve read this when I was a child, and I still have my old, battered copy with me It deserves it, because it s truly entertaining, and outstanding because it s not really about children going happily on a vacation and get involved in an unexpected adventure, or of unfortunate children under pressure who suddenly find that there s some Destiny waiting for them anyway The story is about some poor children living in a slum area, who don t even [...]


    6. Small gang of poor, suburb, post WWII children are getting back their toy horse, which was mysteriously stolen by some suspiciois adults.The book is very wordy, excessive in details, not entirely thought out in the way story progresses Another obvious flaw is that the children characters are somewhat cheesy all of them are only brave or funny and thoughtfull and nothing else Also me and Sonya knew what will happen with the horse from the beggining, it was obvious But still, the book had some goo [...]


    7. I read this a few times as a child The kids would be allowed to roam the streets of Paris in a gang, all hours of day and night, they would regularly break into a warehouse where all kinds of stuff was piled up that nobody seemed to come back for, and every dog in the city came when one girl whistled.But it was an adventure and we were short of books I am sure it recreated the times well.The title refers to an awful lot of money that was piled up in the warehouse, just like everything else The k [...]


    8. If you have a child who isn t completely hooked on typical American stories, he or she just might enjoy meeting this gang of French kids.



    9. I heard about this author by reading the blog parisianfields which is a wonderful exploration of all things Paris In one blog, one of the authors Philippa Campsie, was writing about one of her favourite books from her childhood written by Paul Berna, It inspired me to look up his books and so I started with the first in the series I heartily enjoyed this glimpse into the world of the past of post war Paris in one of the poorer neighbourhoods It is a portrait of the resilience of the human spirit [...]


    10. This was the book that paved the way for my love of European crime writing In my world of English 1950s childhood reading I was yawning my way through the cosy picnics of Enid Blyton when, one day in the library, I found this story of French street kids, street life, street games, the theft of their beloved, headless, wooden horse and their determined, pell mell pursuit of the thieves It was a mind opener for me after which I couldn t get my hands on enough stories in translation which still hol [...]


    11. J ai un bon souvenir de ce livre, m me si dans le d tail je serai incapable de raconter ce qui se passe dedans Je me souviens qu on suit un groupe de gosses qui utilise un cheval roulettes sans t te, bien s r pour d valer les rues en pente de Paris Ou de la ville dans laquelle a se passe en tout casSorti de a Il devait pourtant y avoir un peu plus pour que j en ai gard un bon souvenir.


    12. Such a great book, I ve read it I dunno how many times It s a terrific mystery set in post WW II France, and the plot rockets right along, but it s also about how love beautifies everything Highly recommended.


    13. I read this in the English translation called The Horse without a Head I loved the tale of the French children outwitting a gang of robbers, and the description of their lives One of my faves as a middle reader


    14. A particular favourite of mine, as much for Richard Kennedy s delicate illustrations in the English edition as for the storydependent arts ent


    15. I read this because Elizabeth Wein recommended it A gang of French kids in the 50s taking on a gang of robbers Mystery and mayhem Kids Solving Things I liked it I read it in Swedish.





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