March 2014 Debut of the Month A funny and heart-warming novel about modern-day families, starting school, being mixed-race and celebrating your uniqueness. Amber is facing up to life without Dad. He left when she was little, but now she really needs him, and if he isn't coming back she'll have to dream up other ways to sort things out. But replying to her little sister's 'Dear Dad' letters was definitely not one of her best ideas.
A Piece of Passion from Barry Cunningham, Publisher at Chicken House I used to write letters to myself – honestly! Pretending to be all sorts of crazy characters, I got quite carried away. I almost believed the strange correspondents were real. The wise and funny Emma Shevah shows us it’s good to try and keep control of your secret life, even if your family is as crazy and unpredictable as Amber’s in this wonderful story. Oh, by the way – did I tell you Harry Potter once wrote me a note? Honestly!
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Dream On, Amber a small number of members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'a great story about how a girl copes with a complicated life...I couldn’t put this book down and finished it in a weekend. I loved it and I think others will too!' Poppy Stephens
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As if the ‘massive black hole’ left by her dad leaving isn’t challenging enough, Amber now has to face the first day of secondary school. This is no mean feat when you are vertically challenged (Amber is tiny), have an astronomically large name (Amber Alessandra Leola Kimiko Miyamoto – Amber is half-Italian and half-Japanese), and (to top it all off) the
not-so-proud owner of a caveman mobile phone.
Without her dad around, Amber is going to have to sort things for herself.
Thankfully, she has a BIG imagination…
It's time to dream on, Amber!
And you can download a letter from Amber to her readers all about her book here!
Kids love to read and a small number of members were lucky enough to be invited to review Dream On, Amber. You can read their reviews below.
Poppy Stephens, age 9 - 'a great story about how a girl copes with a complicated life...I couldn’t put this book down and finished it in a weekend. I loved it and I think others will too!' Click Here to read the full review.
Isobel Jeffries, age 8 - 'I read this book in two days, including during a power cut, because it was so fabulous. (My Mum told me to stop reading during the power cut but I couldn't!)' Click Here to read the full review.
Emily Lonsdale, age 8 - 'she is a really nice, kind character who loves her younger sister...It was easy to read and I enjoyed it.' Click Here to read the full review.
Ciara Moore, age 8 - 'It's about two girls, they are half Japanese and half Italian. The older girl does Karate. She wishes she had learnt how to do this before when she was much younger, because she wanted to be the best.' Click Here to read the full review.
Charlotte Rosevear, age 10 - 'The character is called wait for it ... wait for it... Ambra Alessandra Leola Kimiko Miyamoto ! She is ONE TINY girl!!! She uses her ENGLISH name :Amber. Amber is half Italian and half Japanese.' Click Here to read the full review.
Jennifer Towler, age 8 - 'I loved this book because Amber joined the Karate class and found something she was good at with the art project. Bella was very clever because she figured out her sister was sending the letters!' Click Here to read the full review.
Lucia Bavetta, age 10 - 'I found it a very good book because it's an easy read, and it's funny but heart warming.' Click Here to read the full review.
Barnaby Foyster, age 8 - 'Amber's life changes when she starts at a new school. Her Dad has gone away so she imagines an imaginary Dad on the end of her bed to give her advice to help her solve her problems.' Click Here to read the full review.
Hannah Minton, age 8 - 'I loved the way the Emma was an artist and used her imagination to fix problems.' Click Here to read the full review.
Cara Hayward Anderson, age 8 - 'At the start of the book it was very sad because Amber and Bella have a dad but they don’t know where he lives. But around the end of the story it is happy.' Click Here to read the full review.
Jessica Banks, age 7 - 'I enjoyed reading this book and liked the character Amber. It was hard to understand about secondary school because I am only at primary school. I think I will read this book again when I am older.' Click Here to read the full review.
Imogen Paiano, age 8 - 'I really enjoyed the book because it was a lovely story about a big sister looking after her little sister.' Click Here to read the full review.
Eloise Mae Clarkson, age 11 - 'This book was alright...it's not really my type.' Click Here to read the full review.
|Publication date:||6th March 2014|
|Publisher:||Chicken House Ltd|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Family / Home Stories, Humorous|
|Other Categories:||Reviewed by Children|
Emma Shevah grew up in London but has lived and travelled in lots of countries. She studied English and Philosophy at Nottingham University and has an MA with Distinction in Creative and Professional Writing from Brunel. Emma is half Irish and half Thai. Her great-great grandfather was King Rama I of Thailand, so by all rights she should be living a life of ease and luxury in the tropics. Instead, she spends her days dashing around rainy North London writing, teaching English and raising four children. Emma likes nothing better than getting on a plane and going on an ...More About Emma Shevah