Berna Paul

A Hundred Million Francs
  • A Hundred Million Francs

  • A bunch of scruffy urchin kids in the backstreets of Paris outwit thieves to uncover the whereabouts of millions of francs stolen from the Paris-Ventimiglia express. Gaby is the leader, but it is super-cool Marion with her collection of stray dogs who is the heart of the gang.
    It all begins when a local villain offers the children a fortune for their 'horse' - a headless rocking horse, given old tricycle wheels that they 'ride' down the steep cobbled street, but they don't want to part with it. Then, a few days later, the horse is stolen, and so begins an adventure that is full of twists and turns, leading to a satisfying conclusion when the villains receive their comeuppance.

Paul Berna (real name Jean Sabran) was born in 1908 in Hyres, France. He was a journalist and writer in the 1930s, and from 1952 wrote children's books under the pseudonym Paul Berna. A Hundred Million Francs, which became his most famous book, was adapted into a film by Walt Disney, called The Horse without a Head. He was married with two sons. He died in Paris in 1994.

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