Little Celeste by Dawn McNiff
  

Little Celeste

Written by Dawn McNiff

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Shelley desperately needs help to get her mother’s attention back. Maybe the baby who turns up on her bed one day can help. But how? Shelley has no idea where the baby comes from but, despite the problems she raises, she loves looking after her! And maybe, just maybe, she can bring a bit of magic into Shelley’s life. Shelley’s story is full of hope and optimism as she tries to sort out all the confusions in her life.

A Piece of Passion from Emma Matthewson, Editor-at-Large It is not often that you read something so unusual that it makes you sit up - and Dawn McNiff's writing did just that for me. The whole premise - that of a girl who goes upstairs to her bedroom, to find a baby on her bed - and for nobody to be able to see that baby - really intrigued me. And then Dawn weaves in so cleverly the troubles that Shelley is having with her mum. But it never seems like an 'issues' book - because there is a healthy dash of magic and chaotic adventure in there too. But for the right reader there will be an important message - that of friendship and sticking up for yourself. And for other readers there is lots of fun and silly jokes. I loved it!

Synopsis

Little Celeste by Dawn McNiff

Eleven-year-old Shelley only leaves her bedroom for two minutes, but when she gets back, there's a real, true-life, lavender-eyed baby on her bed. It's far too noisy, smelly and heavy to be a ghost baby - so whose is it? It can't be her mum's - Shelley would have noticed - but it's not like she's around for Shelley to ask, anyway. She's too busy trying to get her horrible ex-boyfriend Scott ('the Toadstool') back, who Shelley definitely does NOT like as much as her mum does. But someone's got to look after the baby, and give her a name. 'Celeste' sounds good (in fact, it sounds kind of magical) and so Shelley and little Celeste embark on some rather messy adventures, gain some new friends and realise that maybe some wishes can come true after all...

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Told with a lot of sympathy and empathy, this story is a good read for any young girl -- Sue Breslin School Library Association

About the Author

Dawn McNiff

Dawn McNiff lives in Gloucestershire with her two teenage daughters, and her big, bad dog, Gooner. They all squash into a little cottage that needs a jolly good tidy-up – but Dawn would much rather write than hoover. In 2008, she completed an MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University, and loved every moment. In the past, she has worked as a Bereavement Counsellor and an Advertising Copywriter – but her best job ever was in a children's bookshop. She now writes her own stories, grows beans and works in a school.

Dawn says.....“I was inspired to write Mummy’s Little Monster by my daughters, Poppy and Lola. Sometimes if I went out when they were small, they would shriek and cling on to my legs like baby monkeys. Of course they always had a lovely time with the babysitter in the end - just like Tiny Troll.”

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
208 pages
Interest Age: From 9

Author

Dawn McNiff
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Publisher

Hot Key Books

Publication date

3rd April 2014

ISBN

9781471402425

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Hot Key Books is an imprint of Hot Key

logo Hot Key Books, a division of Bonnier Publishing, publish stand out, quality fiction, for 9 – 19 year olds, print and digital that people like to talk about. If you are looking for something a little bit different from your books, something a little bit special then Hot Key Books may well have just what you want.

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https://www.hotkeybooks.com

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