Car Wash Wish by Sita Brahmachari

Car Wash Wish

Written by Sita Brahmachari

13+ readers   Super-readable Dyslexia-friendly   Summer Reading   
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Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Sita Brahmachari writes about family lives and family relationships with real sensitivity and insight. Hudson, the teen narrator of her new novel, is well aware of his own tendency to misunderstand or misread what others are saying, so the moment when he and his dad suddenly connect with one another is particularly powerful. That it takes place in a car wash only makes it more convincing. Hudson’s dad explains how much he loved going through the car wash with his own father as a child, and how the cloud of soapy bubbles felt like a kind of heaven. Though there’s lots going on in Hudson’s life, and indeed head, his story is, as publisher Barrington Stoke says, super readable, with design and writing as clear as can be. ~ Andrea Reece

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

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Car Wash Wish by Sita Brahmachari

Hudson is a skilled reader of books, but not so much with people. Mum's new bloke Louis is keen to help, and in turn Hudson passes on what he learns to future sibling Zed (for zygote). This all comes in useful at granddad's funeral as Hudson deals with grief, his dad's feelings of guilt and his own sadness about his parents' separation. Hudson's self-awareness about his Asperger's and how it affects him (and others) gives him a distinctive and insightful voice that offers an astute and ultimately uplifting take on the world.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

Sita has posted an interesting blog piece on writing Car Wash Wish; Writing is such a fascinating process of discovery... often it feels like characters come to you and say 'What about me?' Can you capture my voice?' - read on here.

About the Author

Sita Brahmachari

Sita Brahmachari was born in Derby in 1966 to an Indian doctor from Kolkata and an English nurse from the Lake District. She has a BA in English Literature and an MA in Arts Education. Her many projects and writing commissions have been produced in theatres, universities, schools and community groups throughout Britain and America. Sita lives and works in North London with her husband and three children. Sita's debut novel, ARTICHOKE HEARTS, won the 2011 Waterstone's Children's Book Prize , was nominated for the Carnegie Medal no less than three times and selected for the Booked Up Scheme. She has published six books for children and the most recent, RED LEAVES, was endorsed by Amnesty International. Sita lives in London.

Photo credit Martin Levenson.

Click here to read an interview with Sita Brahmachari.

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88 pages


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Barrington Stoke Ltd

Publication date

15th January 2016




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