One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month | February 2017 Book of the Month | Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Mikey thinks the world of his Dad even though he doesn’t see him that often. And when he dies suddenly, Mikey is left with nothing to remember him by except a few fleeting memories of his amazing ability to imitate any voice. With nothing to hang on to, Mikey starts to fall apart. His best mate knows that he must do something to save him and that means finding someone or something that can bring the two together. The search is bleak and dangerous – Mikey’s dad had few friends and many enemies - but the end is triumphant! Phil Earle has created a moving and meaningful story which captures the irreplaceable importance of friendship. ~ Julia Eccleshare
A Piece of Passion from Barrington Stoke MD Mairi Kidd: “When Phil first told me the plot of Mind The Gap I had goosebumps. There’s a real power and urgency to Phil’s writing for young adults, and I love that he has taken a touching true story of love and remembrance and fused it with something very raw – an account of terrible grief experienced by a young man who doesn’t really know how to express or process it, and a friend who desperately wants to help. It’s a hugely emotional story, told sparsely and brilliantly.”
Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic teen readers.
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Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for February 2017
Young Magicians and the Thieves' Almanac by Nick Mohammed
A Busy Day for Birds by Lucy Cousins
Mind the Gap by Phil Earle
The Bolds on Holiday by Julian Clary
The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling by Timothy Basil Ering
The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis
When Mikey's dad died, something in Mikey died too. He loved his old man and he never stopped dreaming that one day his dad would land the role of a lifetime, prove them all wrong, and rock back up to the estate in the flashiest car anyone had ever seen. Now there's just numbness, and not caring, and really, really stupid decisions. He says the worst of it is that he can't even remember his dad's voice any more. Eventually Mikey's best mate can't bear it any more, and so he sets out to give Mikey the memories - and his dad's voice - back.
The book’s premise was inspired by a tremendously moving true story. In 2013, Embankment became the last London Underground station to use the iconic ‘Mind The Gap’ announcement recorded by the late actor Oswald Laurence more than 40 years before. Originally, the clip had once been used across the Tube network and Laurence’s widow would visit every day, just to hear his voice. Phil’s novella echoes the grief and longing of this true story but puts the friendship of two boys at its heart.
Teen/YA's love to read and so in addition to the review by one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. Click here to read their full reviews.
‘As always, the mighty Phil Earle has written a wonderful story that does exactly what a story should do – it stays with you, it becomes part of you. Tough, funny and incredibly moving, it’s a book that you’ll read in one sitting, but remember for the rest of your life. From the very first word to the final full stop, Mind The Gap is an absolute gem.’ Kevin Brooks, author of The Bunker Diary
'Mind The Gap expresses the true nature of friendship in a convincing and heartfelt manner. It lingers long
after you’ve finished. It leaves you longing for family and hankering for friends old and new. You’ll love it!’
Brian Conaghan, author of When Mr Dog Bites
|Publication date:||15th January 2017|
|Publisher:||Barrington Stoke Ltd|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 13+ readers|
|Recommendations:||Books of the Month, Julia Eccleshare's Picks|
|Other Categories:||Books of the Year, Reviewed by Children, UKLA 2018|
Phil Earle was born and raised in Hull. His first job was as a care worker in a children’s home. Phil then chose the more sedate lifestyle of a bookseller, and now works in children’s publishing – when he’s not writing his own children’s books, which have received critical acclaim and been nominated for numerous awards, including a longlisting for the Carnegie Medal. Phil lives in Hebden Bridge. Author photo credit David OwensMore About Phil Earle