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Otis takes babies and money off desperate mothers, promising to deliver them to the Coram Foundling Hospital in London. Instead, he murders them and buries them by the roadside, to the helpless horror of his mentally ill son, Mish. When Melissa, beloved of Alexander Ashbrook and daughter of his governess becomes pregnant by him, her mother arranges for the Otis to take the child, telling Melissa it was stillborn. Alexander, not knowing Melissa's condition, has fled his home for a career in music. But Mish manages to save Melissa's baby, Aaron, and he grows up with Toby, the son of an African slave, inseparable friends. Toby is a plaything at the house of rich Mr Gaddarn, who is, in fact, Otis. When Mish sees Aaron and Alexander together, and realises the family link, he takes Aaron and Toby to Otis, who rejects them. A way must be found to rescue them, but a great friend must die before the family can be reunited.

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"Strong naratives with vivid characters and exciting events... Jamila Gavin's Coram Boy is exactly the sort of thing I mean." - Philip Pullman


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Hardback Editions

January 2007 : UK Hardback
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Title: Coram Boy: Jamila Gavin's Whitbread Award-winning Novel Transformed into a Play (Heinemann Plays For 11-14)
Author(s): Ms Helen Edmundson, Ms Jamila Gavin
ISBN: 0-435-23342-4 / 978-0-435-23342-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Heinemann
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April 2005 : USA Turtleback
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Title: Coram Boy
Author(s): Jamila Gavin
ISBN: 0-606-33751-2 / 978-0-606-33751-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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April 2005 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Coram Boy (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Jamila Gavin
ISBN: 1-4177-3774-3 / 978-1-4177-3774-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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August 2002 : UK Hardback
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Title: Coram Boy (Contents)
Author(s): Jamila Gavin
ISBN: 1-4052-0193-2 / 978-1-4052-0193-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd
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2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: Coram Boy (Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award (Awards))
Author(s): Jamila Gavin
ISBN: 0-374-31544-2 / 978-0-374-31544-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Paperback Editions

January 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Coram Boy
Author(s): Jamila Gavin
ISBN: 1-4052-7703-3 / 978-1-4052-7703-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Egmont
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2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: Coram Boy
Author(s): Jamila Gavin
ISBN: 0-374-40017-2 / 978-0-374-40017-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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April 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Coram Boy (NHB Modern Plays)
Author(s): Helen Edmundson
ISBN: 1-85459-894-5 / 978-1-85459-894-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
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April 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: Coram Boy
Author(s): Jamila Gavin
ISBN: 0-374-41374-6 / 978-0-374-41374-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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May 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: Coram Boy
Author(s): Jamila Gavin
ISBN: 1-4052-1282-9 / 978-1-4052-1282-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Egmont
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September 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: Coram Boy (Contents)
Author(s): Jamila Gavin
ISBN: 0-7497-3268-7 / 978-0-7497-3268-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Mammoth
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Audio Editions

November 2009 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Coram Boy
Author(s): Jamila Gavin
Publisher: Audible Studios
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November 2009 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Coram Boy
Author(s): Jamila Gavin
Publisher: Audible Studios
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November 2009 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Coram Boy
Author(s): Jamila Gavin
Publisher: Audible Studios
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2009 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Coram Boy
Author(s): Jamila Gavin, Read by Cornelius Garrett
ISBN: 1-4084-5846-2 / 978-1-4084-5846-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audiobooks
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July 2002 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: Coram Boy
Author(s): Jamila Gavin
ISBN: 0-7540-6312-7 / 978-0-7540-6312-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Children's Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

December 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Coram Boy (NHB Modern Plays) (Nick Hern Books)
Author(s): Jamila Gavin
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
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March 2010 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Coram Boy
Author(s): Jamila Gavin
Publisher: Egmont
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