Boy - episode synopses
one – Norbert No-bottle
Nobel, otherwise known as Norbert No-bottle, is being bullied by
Jonathan Niker. The butt of Niker's jokes in class, he despairs
of his newly divorced parents at home and is hopelessly in love
with Kate Barber.
is also haunted by dreams that seem to tell the future as well as
the past, as he discovers when a storyteller called Catherine invites
some of his class to Wayfield House, the local old people's home.
has never been there before, except in his dreams. Once there he
meets Edith Sorrel, a spiky old lady who chooses him as her partner
in the Elders' Project.
two – Chance House
has been given a strange task by Edith Sorrel, the old lady he's
met as part of his class Elders' Project. She tells him to find
a place called Chance House, and it is only by chance that he finds
it - a derelict and boarded-up house at 26 St Aubyns.
finds a way into the house but discovers that, although derelict,
it is not empty. Having propped a door open as a safe retreat, he
hears footsteps and the slamming of the door. Someone or something
is with him in Chance House.
three – Strawberry Jam
Nobel feels bullied by everyone – his parents, the kids at
school, and especially Edith Sorrel, his partner in the Elders'
bullied him into visiting the top floor flat at Chance House, a
half-derelict Victorian mansion. He bunks off school to go there
and climbs to the top of the house. As he climbs he hears the sound
of wings beating and a voice calling to him, urging him on.
reaches the door on the very last flight and, as it swings open,
sees a blast of light and three feathers falling from the ceiling.
four – Sleep Over
has done as Edith Sorrel asked and visited the top floor flat at
Chance House. But before he can report back to her on what he found,
Jonathan Niker challenges him to spend the night there, just the
two of them.
Edith's condition worsens, the two boys settle down for the night
and the creaks and noises of the old house test the strongest of
five – The Coat of Feathers
Edith is well enough to see Robert again he shows her the three
feathers he found in Chance House. She asks him to make her a Coat
of Feathers, like the one in the Firebird story.
not knowing where to begin he agrees to try, hoping the coat might
save the old lady's life.
with the coat only half finished, he takes it into school where
Niker gets hold of it and threatens to destroy it.
an uncharacteristic rage Robert attacks him, knocks him unconscious
and has to be dragged off by a horrified Miss Raynham.
six – The Firebird
from school for beating up Niker, Robert has lost the coat of feathers
and maybe his chance to save Edith Sorrel's life.
Kate comes to the rescue – she brings back the coat and even
helps him get more feathers.
still needs more feathers for the coat but he knows the only place
to find enough good ones is at the old warehouse where he was locked
in and abandoned by Niker and his gang.
Robert overcome his fear and collect enough feathers to finish the
coat? And even if he does, will he be in time to save his Firebird?
a thrilling and emotional climax to the story, Robert's quest will
push him to the very limits of his experience and teach him what
it really means to fly.
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