Winning Year: 1961
Author: Lucy M Boston
Title: A Stranger at Green Knowe

Original Publisher: Faber
Current Publisher: Faber & Faber
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0571212492
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When Ping sees Hanno in the zoo he is excited, but also unhappy. Hanno is a magnificent African gorilla, big and black and much stronger than a man. But how can this wonderful wild animal live in a cage, behind bars and locked doors? Then Hanno escapes from the zoo. A few days later his footprints are seen near Green Knowe, the old house deep in the English countryside where Ping is spending his holiday.

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Lucy Boston was born in 1892, in Southport, Lancashire, one of six children. She went to a Quaker school in Surrey, and was married in 1917. She later moved to a beautiful manor house near Cambridge which provided the setting for her Green Knowe stories. She started writing at the age of sixty. Her books are illustrated by her son, Peter. Lucy Boston died in 1990.