Leave it to Eva by Judi Curtin
  

Leave it to Eva

Written by Judi Curtin
Part of the The Eva Series Series

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Judi Curtin takes us straight into the story in a lively and believable way. Eva is off to Seacove on holiday and looking forward to meeting her friend Kate again but discovers that there is a mystery about Kate which Eva feels bound to solve. Kate is taken into care when her grandmother is too sick to care for her but Eva is determined to track down Kate’s long lost dad and reunite them when she visits London with her friend Ruby. All ends happily as Eva finds a way forward which allows Kate to live happily in a foster home while still being reunited with her father. The story flows beautifully and Judi Curtin’s writing style is easy to read and pushes the reader along to turn the page to see what happens next. Deva is a likeable heroine who tries to do what is right and is a good role model for young readers. I would heartily recommend both this book and the author.

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Leave it to Eva by Judi Curtin

Fun, feisty Eva Gordon's never been one to shy away from helping her friends - whether they want her help or not! - but this time she might have found a problem that's too big even for her ...When Eva and her family head to Seacove for their summer holidays, she's looking forward to seeing Kate again, but it turns out things have gone very wrong for Kate. Her granny's in the hospital, and with no else to look after her, Kate's hiding out at home by herself, afraid she's going to be taken into care. Eva tries to be a good friend and help her out, but how long can a twelve-year-old manage by herself? It's not just Kate who needs Eva's help, though helping Ruby turns out to be a LOT more fun! Ruby needs Eva to keep her company on a trip to London where she's trying out for a scholarship. Is there any way the trip away with Ruby can help everyone sort things out? It seems impossible, but if you have a problem that needs solving, just leave it to Eva! Eva's third book from bestselling author Judi Curtin.

Reviews

'this is her (Curtin) at her best' Irish Independent

'by the end of the book the reader will wish they had a best friend just like Eva' Irish Independent

'Eva is a beautifully drawn character' Irish Independent

'a thoughtful examination of friendship and loyalty' Irish Independent

'I love Eva to pieces ... 10/10' Nayu's Reading Corner

'the pace of the action ... keeps young readers hungry for more' Evening Echo

'a great series about friendship which girls will love' parentsintouch.co.uk

'I particularly like the snappy and realistic dialogue parentsintouch.co.uk

'a surefire winner Sunday Business Post

'Curtin writes fantastically for girls of nine and over and still deserves to be known as Ireland's answer to Jacqueline Wilson' Sunday Business Post

'I love Judi Curtin's books ... they are like a hot chocolate on a cold winter's morning' Sunday Business Post

'Eva is a beautifully drawn, realistic character' Irish Independent

'readers of eight plus will lap up Leave it to Eva' Irish Independent

'an enjoyable summer read, no matter what the weather' Inis Magazine

'the young teenage characters are warm and genuinely likeable' Inis Magazine

'readers young and old will savour this latest instalment' Sunday Independent Living

'hugely enjoyable' lovereading.co.uk

'the story flows beautifully and Judi Curtin's writing style is easy to read lovereading4kids.co.uk

'would heartily recommend both this book and the author lovereading4kids.co.uk

'warm-hearted but gutsy young heroine ... a gentle story about family, friends, loyalty and responsibility Books Ireland

About the Author

Judi Curtin

Judi Curtin is Ireland’s favourite children’s writer. She is the best-selling author of the ‘Alice and Megan’ series which has sold rights to Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Poland, Lithuania and Serbia. In Ireland, the series has sold over 100,000 copies. She is also the author of the smash-hit 'Eva' series: Eva's Journey, Eva's Holiday, Leave it to Eva, and Eva and the Hidden Diary, which has sold 36,000 copies to date. She has been nominated for Irish Book Awards on numerous occasions.

Judi Curtin by her editor Helen Carr:
Judi Curtin writes for one of my favourite age levels, 8-12; this is the age when readers take steps toward enjoying more sophisticated plots, themes and issues. They need books that grab their interest, with action, depth and engaging characters, and Judi’s books certainly have these. I always look forward to a new book coming in from her – I love working with her and finding out where she’s taking her characters next. I was Judi’s editor on her hugely-successful ‘Alice & Megan’ series; in the course of seven books, best friends Alice & Megan move from primary to secondary school, sensible Megan always valiantly trying to curb the excesses of her more reckless friend. Along the way, Judi deals with separation, bullying, new schools and all the speed bumps of friendship. I also work with Judi on her ‘Eva’ series. In the three books so far, I’ve come to love Eva for her ebullience, her wit and her constant butting in – whether people they want her help or not. In Leave it to Eva, Judi displays her characteristically light touch as Eva deals with bigger problems than ever – family issues, characters taking steps towards independence and deepening their understanding of friendship – but it’s never overwhelming for the reader and the strong, convincing characters keep the children’s perspectives to the fore. It’s also very funny; Eva’s first person narrative is distinctive and witty, and though we always feel she’ll do the right thing, she’s no saint, so she may not always do it with good grace! I hope there’ll be many more books from Judi, about Eva and friends and about more characters we haven’t met yet …

Interview with Judi Curtin

1. Where did you get the idea for this new book?
It started when I thought about the regret a young girl would feel at never having the chance to know her mum. Then I had to find a way for them to be together, even though the mum had died many years earlier.
2. Time travel is such a cool concept, what was your inspiration for this? Time travel has always fascinated me. Who wouldn’t want the chance to revisit the past? Who wouldn’t want to experience historical events? Who wouldn’t want to see their parents as teenagers?
3. If you could travel through a porthole to any decade/period in history, when would it be? I think I’d go back to the 1920’s, when my grandparents were young. It’s an interesting era, and I’d love to see the lives my grandparents had, many years before I came along.
4. What one item would you like to banish into history and is there anything you’d like to bring back from the past?
5. Is Molly based on someone in particular? No. Except for Domino the cat, all of my characters are completely fictional. (But that doesn’t stop people saying they recognize themselves in my books!)
6. Did you have fun writing about the 80s? I loved it. I know it’s ancient history to my readers, but for me I’m writing about my youth.
7. What is your favourite thing about the 80s? The fashions might seem gross now, but they were wonderful too. Everything was big and loud and colourful.
8. When you were writing Time After Time did you miss your other characters from the Alice series or the Eva series? I always miss my old characters, and more than once I’ve sneaked a few from one series into another.
9. What was your favourite part of writing Time after Time? I loved writing the part where Beth meets her mother – the first time I’ve made myself cry. Sad, but very rewarding.
10. Do you read children’s books yourself? Only rarely, (which might be controversial.) I read voraciously when I was a child, and as a teacher and parent, I continued that for many years. Now though, I mostly read book written for people like me.
11. When you write, how much do you think about the reader? In the first draft I’m very much writing what I want to write. In later drafts, with the help of my wonderful editor, Helen, I do try to consider how the reader is going to engage with my characters and story.
12. How does your interaction with real children affect the way you write and what you write about? I do very many events with young people, who can be quite transparent. They seem to like my stories about families and friendship, and as I like writing these, it’s easy to continue.
13. What advice do you have for aspiring writers? Read everything you can get your hands on. Keep a diary. Enter competitions – not necessarily to win, but so you get practice at polishing your work.
14. Time for the mean question: What is your favourite book in the entire world? Today I’m going to say ‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,’ by C.S. Lewis. It’s the only Narnia book I read as a child, and I’ve always loved it. (But if you ask me again next week, it could be Heidi, First term at Malory Towers, The Great Gatsby, or even whatever book I read tonight!)

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256 pages
Interest Age: From 10

Author

Judi Curtin
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O'Brien Press Ltd

Publication date

27th August 2012

ISBN

9781847173478

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