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One of our Books of the Year 2014 - March 2014 Debut and Mega Book of the Month The big emotions at the heart of this story will grab readers’ attention and guide them through a painful and heart-warming story. Liv’s life is pretty typical: there are the ups and downs of friends and school and testing her parents about how much they will let her make her own decisions. Life is a bit extra complicated because of her brother’s behaviour but Liv is used to it and mostly she can manage that too. But then Mum begins to behave very oddly. When Liv learns the truth her life is turned upside down. Through her diaries and the photos she takes and helped by Mum’s diaries too Liv charts the dramatic weeks that change her life.
Liv takes us on a journey through her life from Thirteen Weeks Before to Six Months After . We discover Liv's passion for photography, her brother's obsession with sticking to the rules, the stupidity of Moronic Louise at school, and how the family copes as Mum's terminal illness takes hold...Guided by Mum's own childhood diaries, Liv finds a new way to live.
Debut author Rebecca Westcott possesses the rare talent of being able to capture a young voice with an intense and evocative authenticity. Dandelion Clocks is real, funny, utterly touching and absolutely heart-warming. Despite the sadness at the heart of the story, every reader will laugh and keep on turning the pages, charmed by Liv and her mum.
Dandelion Clocks will be loved by fans of Jacqueline Wilson, Cathy Cassidy or Annabel Pitcher.
Kids love to read and a small number of members were lucky enough to be invited to review Dandelion Clocks. You can read their reviews below.
A strong, sensitive debut - powerful and beautifully written. -- Cathy Cassidy
A brilliantly told, ultra-modern story about a significant six months in eleven year old Olivia's life - it should be sold with a large box of tissues! -- Jacqueline Wilson
|Publication date:||6th March 2014|
|Publisher:||Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 13+ readers|
|Genres:||Family / Home Stories|
|Recommendations:||Books of the Month, Debuts of the Month, eBooks, Reviewed by Children|
Rebecca Westcott was born in Chester. She went to Exeter University to train as a teacher and has had a variety of teaching jobs that have taken her to some very interesting places, including a Category C male prison. Rebecca now teaches music in a primary school and lives in Dorset with her husband and three children.More About Rebecca Westcott