The Tin Snail

Author(s): Cameron McAllister

Children Fiction

It's 1938. In order to save your dad's job, you need to invent a brand-new car that can carry: a farmer his wife two chickens a flagon of wine and a dozen eggs across a bumpy field without breaking a single egg...and without the Nazis discovering your top-secret design! Discover the extraordinary story - inspired by real events - of how one little car changed history.


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The heart-warming and fascinating story of how a thirteen-year-old boy invented the first 'people's car'!

Long-listed for Peters Book of the Year: Junior Fiction 2015.

"Charming" Guardian "I honestly never thought I'd find myself reading, let alone taken with, a book about the making of a French motor car but The Tin Snail by Cameron McAllister is a thoroughly engaging read. It manages to turn the struggle to invent the Citroen as the first people's car, and then to keep its design from the German invaders, into a story of the Resistance, which is saying something. Plus it has a human element: the plot revolves round the designer's young son, and his wan hopes that the car will help his parents stay together. Illustrated with panache in pen and ink by Sam Usher." Spectator "Feel-good, funny, romping, filmic adventure" Sunday Times "A fantastic family read; this is a story with a big heart based on an amazing idea ... This is easily one of my favourite books so far this year - a brilliant and magical read that will stay with me until the day that I die. It is a great debut story with bags of drive and vroom." Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books "Refreshingly different and very engaging ... There is so much to enjoy in this book" Reading Zone

Cameron McAllister is a TV scriptwriter, and has worked on shows such as Robinson Crusoe, Spooks Code 9, Primeval and Emmerdale. He grew up near the beaches of Cornwall, and now lives in Brighton with his wife, four sons and Floss the dog.

General Fields

  • : 9780552574037
  • : Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • : Corgi Childrens
  • : 0.283
  • : April 2015
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 25mm
  • : July 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Cameron McAllister
  • : Paperback
  • : 715
  • : 823.92
  • : 400