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Finding A Voice

Written by Kim Hood

Debuts of the Month Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 13+ readers General Fiction Recommended Children's eBooks

LoveReading View on Finding A Voice

September 2014 Debut of the Month   When Jo takes on helping Chris, a teenager with cerebral palsy, she has no idea how life changing it will be for her. Jo has always been good a getting on with things and she finds she loves caring for Chris and begins to think of imaginative ways of making his life better. But when Jo tries to take Chris somewhere really special she finds she’s taken on a lot more than she can manage. Jo needs help and it turns out that Chris is just the person to give it. A touching story about how help can come from unexpected places.


Finding A Voice Synopsis

Jo could never have guessed that the friendship she so desperately craves would come in the shape of a severely disabled boy. He can't even speak. Maybe it is because he can't speak that she finds herself telling him how difficult it is living with her eccentric, mentally fragile mother.

Behind Chris' lopsided grin and gigantic blue wheelchair is a real person - with a sense of humour, a tremendous stubborn streak and a secret he has kept from everyone. For a while it seems life may actually get better. But as Jo finds out just how terrible life is for Chris, and as her own life spirals out of control, she becomes desperate to change things for both of them.

In a dramatic turn of events, Jo makes a decision that could end in tragedy. This is the story of how an unusual friendship unlocks the words that neither knew they had.

Finding A Voice Reader Reviews

Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert review, some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Maddy Faulkner - 'This book is a fantastic book about friendship and courage- told by a girl struggling by the burden of her mothers mental illness. I loved this book and read it in two days! A fantastic summer read!' Read full review >
  • Sophia Ufton - 'This book was fantastic, it was just amazing and a joy to read!' Read full review >
  • Amy Laws, age 13 - 'I loved this book, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes a family/ friendship story with an added problem.' Read full review >
  • Sarah Murray, age 16 –  'This heart warming tale of friendship is a fantastic feel good book.' Read full review >
  • Safiyah Davenport, age 15 -'A lovely heartwarming book that successfully inspires and showcases the true meaning of courage and friendship.' Read full review >
  • Natalie Hunter, age 12 - 'I really enjoyed reading Finding A Voice and couldn't put it down resulting in me finishing it in a day.' Read full review >
  • Morgan Steigmann, age 15 - 'A heart-warming tale that will restore your faith in the kindness of humanity, Jo and Chris’ story is sure to be a hit with both young and old.' Read full review >
  • Imogen Fisher, age 13 - 'I think it has been written in a way that will be able to give lots of people an insight into things they haven't experienced before. I really really liked this book!' Read full review >
  • Jennifer Bridgeman, age 9 - 'Finding a Voice was amazing. It was about a girl called Jo who made friends with a boy called Chris who could not talk.' Read full review >

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ISBN: 9781847175434
Publication date: 11/08/2014
Publisher: O'Brien Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781847175434
Publication date: 11th August 2014
Author: Kim Hood
Publisher: O'Brien Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 240 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, General Fiction
Recommendations: Debuts of the Month, eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Kim Hood

KIM HOOD grew up in British Columbia, Canada. After earning degrees in psychology, history and education, she wandered through a few countries before making the west coast of Ireland home. Her eclectic work experience in education, therapy and community services has presented endless opportunity to observe a world of interesting characters. She has always had a passion for trying to understand life from the perspective of those on the fringes of society.

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