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My Brother's Shadow

Written by Tom Avery
Illustrated by Kate Grove

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Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal A debut novel which charts the long, slow and painful process of grieving is also full of tenderness and hope as it tells of the slow and painful recovery of a young girl following the death of her brother. Kaia is frozen after her brother dies. Locked in on herself, she can no longer communicate with her school friends or concentrate on her school work while at home she watches helpless as her mother falls apart. But then a mysterious figure appears. Can he help her? In his company, Kaia finds herself soothed and gradually growing stronger as she learns to live with the loss.

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My Brother's Shadow by Tom Avery

My name is Kaia. I'm frozen because of what happened. I'm trapped because of what I saw. Can someone help me to grow again? Kaia is frozen when her brother dies, but can an unexpected friend help her to grow again?

A sensitive tale of coping with bereavement, beautifully illustrated throughtout by a fresh young talent, Kate Grove.

Emotional and insightful, this book was inspired by Tom’s own experiences as a teacher, working with a child who had lost a sibling and a family who shared some experiences with Kaia.


Kids love reading and we invited a small number of members and browsers to review My Brother's Shadow. You can read their reviews below.

Sam Harper, age 10 - 'This is a very sad and thought provoking book. It isn't the type of book which I would normally read but I really enjoyed it and the way it made me think about things.' Click Here to read the full review.

Mukunth Kowsik, age 12 - 'A positive story about how love, care and encouragement can transform frozen hearts.' Click Here to read the full review.

Aimee Coffman, age 9 - 'I enjoyed this book and would recommend it. It is very different to books I have read before as it deals with a sad topic but in a sensitive way but it has an uplifting ending.' Click Here to read the full review.

Benjy Randall, age 10 - 'A highly enjoyable read with lots of interesting turns. I would highly recommend it.' Click Here to read the full review.

Felicity Wilcox, age 10 - 'A great mixture of feelings put together to make a great book.' Click Here to read the full review.

About the Author

Tom Avery

Tom Avery was born and raised in London in a very large, very loud family, descendants of the notorious pirate Henry Avery. He trained as a teacher and has worked with children in inner city schools in London and Birmingham.

Tom lives in Amsterdam with his wife and two sons.

Click here to read The English Association's interview with Tom.

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208 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

2nd January 2014




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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