The Book That Made Me: Philip Reeve 16/10/19
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
The story centres on Dylan Hughes, the only boy left in a small Welsh mountain town called Manod, where there is little work and a shrinking community. His parents run a garage and Dylan's logbook of customers captures his small-scale horizons.
Then one day, a convoy of vans arrives at the disused mine, taking into storage the entire collection from the National Gallery of Art. Dylan's interests are football, cars and Ninja turtles - but, through these, the worlds of high and low culture collide and this changes everything.
This is an immensely entertaining book, about the power of art to bring about change and to redeem. It is beautifully characterised, funny and profound.