Rory and his grandfather, Granda, have looked after each other since Rory’s dad walked out on them. Granda is given to lapses in memory (putting Rory’s homework down the rubbish chute and the rubbish in Rory’s school bag) and completely irresponsible behaviour (setting fire to his coat at a Parents’ Evening), but he has a generous heart and plenty of charm. Rory acts as his carer until there’s a fire in the flat, and the authorities decide to separate them. However, Rory is determined that they will stay together and they embark on an escape, but with their faces on every television screen and in every newspaper this isn’t so easy. Their journey is full of surprise betrayals and unexpected friends, as they attempt to evade the authorities and eventually track down the man who walked out on them
Setting and the Mood of Characters
The setting of the hospital or Rachnadar and the children’s home at Castle Street is bothmorbid and sombre. Both reveal a great deal of Mister McIntosh’s and Rory’s feelings andfears. Rachnadar Castle Street Home
the local old people’s hospital
granda always told me that was whereyou went when nobody wanted you“Shoot me before you put me in there,son,” he would say. -
an old Victorian villa- converted into achildren’s home just after the war. -
grey, dead stone, crow step gables andeven a turret – it looked just the kind of place wizards and warlocks would live 20
the very building, stuck on the edge of town, dark and forbidding, frightenedhim.
I glanced into the corridor,watched the shuffling old people withdead eyes pass up and down, going nowhere .)in.
silhouetted against the night sky aspatches of cloud scurried across themoon and an eerie silver light was castagainst the building. Like something outof a ghost story -
Granda was morbid of entering the home– it terrorised him. -
When he is sent there, he is veryemotional and pleads with Rory “ Don’tlet me stay here” -...