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Too Close to Home

Written by Aoife Walsh

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The Lovereading4Kids comment

Minny has a pretty complicated home life: she lives with her mum, big sister Aisling, Bible-obsessed little sister Selena and baby brother Raymond in her Czech granny’s house, which is now sometimes shared – to her and her sisters’ consternation – with her granny’s new boyfriend. Mum relies on Minny to help both with baby Raymond and Aisling, who is autistic. None of this is easy, and when her father suddenly reappears after five years of near silence with a new, pregnant partner, it all gets too much. This warm, convincing portrait of a family facing all sorts of difficulties is almost a contemporary version of Little Women. Readers will sympathise hugely with Minny and Walsh does an excellent job in describing the kind of love that holds families together, no matter what. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Amelie Chatham, age 12 - 'Too close to home is a great story for people who come from small families, because it makes you feel as if you are part of Minny's family.'
  • Eleanor Chung, age 13 - 'I read the blurb and was certainly intrigued. However, for me, it was difficult to get into.'
  • Rachel Ilsley - 'I really loved reading this book and would advise you to read it too. I hope there will be another book after this enjoyable read!'
  • Isabel Kardos-Stowe, age 11 - 'I would rate this book 8/10. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good, heartfelt novel.'
  • Elizabeth Wood, age 11 - 'I could not put this book down.  Once I got into it, I was hooked and needed to know what was going to happen next to Minny.'


Too Close to Home by Aoife Walsh

Meet Minny: her life is a complicated whirlwind of unbearable PE lessons, annoying friends and impossible-to-live-with siblings. Minny is desperate for some space in a house spilling over with family and hangers-on. She has to contend with her autistic sister Aisling's school bullies, whilst trying to keep her self-absorbed BFF Penny happy, and look normal in front of new boy Franklin. And on top of this, now Dad has announced that he's returning to London - with his new girlfriend.

Secrets, lies and home truths will out, frying pans will be burnt, and arguments will flare up in a story full of humour, honesty and minor household emergencies.


Rich, vivid and rather timeless. Sympathetic yet genuine. It should not fly under the radar. Did You Ever Stop To Think Blog (LH 'Daisy' Johnson)

About the Author

Aoife Walsh

Aoife Walsh lives in Oxford with her husband and three children. She quite likes cooking, and quizzes when she knows the answers, and reading, and excellent American television. And cakes and fine wines.

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Book Info


368 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

2nd July 2015




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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