Minny has a pretty complicated home life: she lives with her mum, big sister Aisling, Bible-obsessed little sister Selena and baby brother Raymond in her Czech granny’s house, which is now sometimes shared – to her and her sisters’ consternation – with her granny’s new boyfriend. Mum relies on Minny to help both with baby Raymond and Aisling, who is autistic. None of this is easy, and when her father suddenly reappears after five years of near silence with a new, pregnant partner, it all gets too much. This warm, convincing portrait of a family facing all sorts of difficulties is almost a contemporary version of Little Women. Readers will sympathise hugely with Minny and Walsh does an excellent job in describing the kind of love that holds families together, no matter what. ~ Andrea Reece
Meet Minny: her life is a complicated whirlwind of unbearable PE lessons, annoying friends and impossible-to-live-with siblings. Minny is desperate for some space in a house spilling over with family and hangers-on. She has to contend with her autistic sister Aisling's school bullies, whilst trying to keep her self-absorbed BFF Penny happy, and look normal in front of new boy Franklin. And on top of this, now Dad has announced that he's returning to London - with his new girlfriend.
Secrets, lies and home truths will out, frying pans will be burnt, and arguments will flare up in a story full of humour, honesty and minor household emergencies.
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Rich, vivid and rather timeless. Sympathetic yet genuine. It should not fly under the radar. Did You Ever Stop To Think Blog (LH 'Daisy' Johnson)
|Publication date:||2nd July 2015|
|Publisher:||Andersen Press Ltd|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 13+ readers|
|Genres:||Romance / Relationship Stories|
|Other Categories:||Reviewed by Children|
Aoife Walsh lives in Oxford with her husband and three children. She quite likes cooking, and quizzes when she knows the answers, and reading, and excellent American television. And cakes and fine wines.More About Aoife Walsh