Mum Never Did Learn to Knock by Cathy Hopkins

Mum Never Did Learn to Knock

Written by Cathy Hopkins
Illustrated by Louise Wright

7+ readers   Summer Reading/Activity    Super-readable Dyslexia-friendly   11+ readers   9+ readers   
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Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Cathy Hopkins is a truly gifted author for tweens, with an ability to connect with her readers that she makes look effortless. In this story she uses her light touch to write about a difficult subject. Emily’s mum has died but for Emily she’s still there, a ghostly presence but as warm and loving as she was in life. Emily needs her mum, but she needs to live her own life too and eventually she’s ready to move on, and let her mum go. Emily’s story will tug at readers’ heartstrings, but keep them laughing too, and there’s real emotional depth to this short, seemingly airy read. ~ Andrea Reece

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

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Mum Never Did Learn to Knock by Cathy Hopkins

A moving tale of laughter and loss from bestselling Cathy Hopkins. Emily and her Dad have been on their own since her mum left. But Emily has a secret: she still sees her mum, and people are beginning to worry about her. Because Emily's mum isn't coming back...But as her friendship with Mark starts to develop into something more, can Emily find the strength to start letting go?

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

About the Author

Cathy Hopkins

Cathy Hopkins lives in North London with her husband and three mad cats. It took her until she was 35 to decide what she wanted to do when she grew up (be a writer), so she has had a variety of other jobs. She trained as a secondary school teacher but instead of teaching, joined a rock and roll band, "Driving Rock and the Rockettes", as one of the Rockettes. She’s also worked as an occupational therapist, a scriptwriter, a newspaper reviewer on Sky News, a script reader for the comedy unit at the BBC and an aromatherapist.

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72 pages


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Barrington Stoke Ltd

Publication date

15th April 2015




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