All About Ella by Sally Nicholls

All About Ella

Written by Sally Nicholls
Illustrated by Hannah Coulson

5+ readers   7+ readers   Little Gems   
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Interest Age 5-8 Ella wants to know on which day of the week she was born, but her family can’t say; Ella’s big brother is very sick and she often feels that it’s all about Sam, while she is overlooked. In chapters that echo the poem Monday’s Child we follow Ella through an eventful week, as she learns more about the kind of person she really is. It’s a sensitive and moving story, beautifully told, its short extent and the simplicity of language belying the depth of emotion and sophistication of the message. ~ Andrea Reece

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All About Ella by Sally Nicholls

Sam is sick, and Ella is sick of Sam. Life seems to revolve around his hospital appointments, his medication and his need for peace and quiet. No one thinks about what Ella wants or needs, no one cares. They don't even know what day she was born on. In the end, Ella decides she doesn't care if Sam gets sicker, but when it happens, she finds she cares an awful lot. A charming and heartfelt exploration of family love and the challenges of being a younger sibling.

High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

About the Author

Sally Nicholls

I was born in Stockton-on-Tees, just after midnight, in a thunderstorm. My father died when I was two, and my brother Ian and I were brought up my mother. I always wanted to write - when people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I used to say "I'm going to be a writer" - very definite.

I went to two secondary schools - a little Quaker school in North Yorkshire (where it was so cold that thick woolly jumpers were part of the school uniform) and a big comprehensive. I was very lonely at the little school, but I made friends at the comprehensive and got on all right. I didn't like being a teenager very much, though.

I now live in a little house in Oxford, writing stories, and trying to believe my luck.

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15th March 2017




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