Big Ben by Rachel Anderson


Big Ben by Rachel Anderson

This is a moving story about Matthew, whose adored older brother Ben has Downs Syndrome. Matthew is horrified when Ben turns 16 and has to go off to a special school - he will miss him very much. Gradually Matthew comes to realise that it is best for Ben and that he will need to find his own friends. When Matthew's teacher decides to focus on Ben for a class project on 'Interesting People in the Community' the class comes to recognise what an amazing person Ben is. An entertaining and amusing story about an area rarely tackled.


This is a short, easy to read, big hearted book about a boy with profound learning disabilities and his younger brother, Matthew, who loves him very much. First published 10 years ago, this is a new edition with lively, affectionate, black and white illustrations by Jane Ray. Books for Keeps

About the Author

Rachel Anderson

As well as journalism, Rachel still occasionally contributes to various journals and TV programmes. Rachel Anderson is an established Oxford author. Her special gift is to write powerfully about disability or alienation.

Rachel won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award for Paper Faces.

Rachel enjoys reading, drawing and walking. She is married and lives mainly in Cromer, Norfolk. She has four children.

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Book Info


64 pages
Interest Age: From 8 To 11


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Publication date

20th October 2007



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