Chingis and his younger brother Nergui appear one day in the classroom of Mrs. Spendlove in the town of Bootle, England. They aren’t from around Bootle or nearby Liverpool. Rather they are from Mongolia.
No one knows what to make of either of the brothers. Chingis insists on keeping his much younger brother with him in the 6th grade class to “protect him from the demon.” This is so strange sounding to the other students and the teacher that no one can understand it.
Julie is just a normal English student wishing a boy named Shocky would take notice of her and longing to be invited to her friend Mimi’s house after school. She is inquisitive enough to do research about Mongolia so she can better understand these odd cultural differences apparent by the brothers.
Chingis, however, has other demands of Julie. He takes her photo and writes below it these words: Good Guide. Since Mongols are nomads, the brothers will need a guide to help them learn the ways of the school and sports, etc. They have chosen Julie!Julie rises to the occasion, but her new position causes her to question everything about these strange brothers.
This is an absolutely delightful, quick read. The story is written in a very endearing manner.Students who like this title will also enjoy reading Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai.