Cora longs to uncover the identity of her father, whom she has never met. As her longing becomes an obsession, Cara ignores her loyalty to her grandmother, the warnings given by her mother and the sensible caution of her friend, and sets off to search for the man who "vanished in a puff of smoke".
Cora lives with her mother and grandmother in a hamlet in the Yorkshire dales. The three are close, but Cora longs to meet her father, whom she has never seen. She likens him to an unknown man who is reported to have disappeared - 'vanished in a puff of smoke'. Chance events lead Cora to build a fantasy that, in the past, her father has come back to the neighbourhood in order to contact her. A burnt-out car on the moor; burglaries; stolen food - all convince her that her father is nearby and wants to meet her. But the moor is prohibited, and to search for him she has to ignore her loyalty to her mother and grandmother, the warnings given by her mother about her father, and the sensible caution of her friend, Emma...
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About June Oldham
June Oldham is the prize-winning author of more than a dozen books for children and adults. She was brought up in Lincolnshire, read English at university and has two children. June has taught in colleges of further education and enjoys walking on the moors. She is married to an actor and has lived in Yorkshire for over twenty years, where many of her novels are set.
Smoke Trail by June Oldham
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