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Hugo desperately wants a gerbil but Dad thinks it is cruel to keep animals in cages. They strike a deal: if Hugo can spend seven hours alone in his empty, newly-painted bedroom, then Dad will buy him the gerbil he wants. At first Hugo is confident: Dad has allowed him three toys to keep him amused. But he soon finds there's only so much you can do with a box of bricks, an old-glove puppet and a monkey on a stick. Time crawls and then seems to grind to a halt. Hugo's imagination takes over. First he is stranded aboard a raft and circled by a man-eating shark. Then he flies free as a bird, and sinks like a drowning man. Finally, after a furious argument with his own brain, Hugo decides that he wouldn't wish life in a cage on anyone, not even a gerbil!

    

Used availability for Anne Fine's Countdown

Hardback Editions

March 2006 : Canada Library Binding
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Title: Countdown
Author(s): Anne Fine, Tony Trimmer
ISBN: 0-7787-0958-2 / 978-0-7787-0958-9 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Crabtree Publishing
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September 2001 : UK Hardback
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Title: Countdown (Yellow Banana Books)
Author(s): Anne Fine
ISBN: 0-431-06176-9 / 978-0-431-06176-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Heinemann Library
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April 1996 : UK Hardback
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Title: Countdown (Banana Books)
Author(s): Anne Fine
ISBN: 0-434-97476-5 / 978-0-434-97476-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Methuen young books
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Paperback Editions

March 2006 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Countdown
Author(s): Anne Fine, Tony Trimmer
ISBN: 0-7787-1004-1 / 978-0-7787-1004-2 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Crabtree Publishing
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September 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: Countdown (Yellow bananas)
Author(s): Anne Fine
ISBN: 0-7497-4672-6 / 978-0-7497-4672-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd
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