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Moth Boy

A baby in a bag, a boy in a wig... missing

Ten years ago, Ches was left on a Cheltenham doorstep in a plastic bag, with a letter from his birth mother. The letter is his to read tomorrow, on his birthday.

Angry and scared Ches runs away from his adoptive family and finds refuge for the night in a garden shed.

Ches is led astray on an unforgettable birthday trip to a wild peninsula. Has he found a new friend or is he in danger?

Both main characters are seeking answers to universal questions – am I loved? Am I lovable? A life and death moment nudges them towards discovering some answers for themselves.

Heart-warming and vivid, Moth Boy is a compelling adventure story for 7 to 107 year-olds.

Published by The Book Guild

What readers say...

‘I had to keep reading it until I’d finished. The trip to Weston super Mare was an exciting adventure.’

-Innes (aged 11)


‘This story is beautiful. I believed and was carried by it into Ches’s life. Exciting, vivid descriptions of places, people and experiences. The story held me as I empathised with Ches’s need to believe his mother loved him. I was glad, so happy for him. It wasn’t sugar-coated or patronising.’

-Terry White (reader)


‘I love how real the characters are. I really like Inga and how the moth boy aspect doesn’t appear until the last page.’

-Anya (aged 14)


‘There is so much to admire in Moth Boy, especially issues of adoption and identity, which will resound for many readers.’

-Jamila Gavin (author of Coram Boy)


‘Wonderful story-telling that builds chapter by chapter to an ending that will make you cry.’

-Neil Buick (Goodreads reviewer)


‘If you’ve got a pre-teen or young teen who enjoys reading, or one that you’d like to enjoy reading more, then buy them this book, and then buy one for yourself.’

-Jeremy Green  (Goodreads reviewer)


‘Clare tells a fast paced and exciting story encompassing adventure and danger. Concise and hard to put down.’

-Nigel and Helen Pitel (Book Guild guest reviewers)