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Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014 A funny and endearing new story of friendship from Whitbread-winning author Hilary McKay.
Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014 Binny's life has been difficult since her father died and her dreadful old Aunt Violet disposed of her beloved dog, Max. Her world changed then, to a city flat with not enough space for her Mum, her big sister Clem and her small brother James. Definitely no room for a pet. Then one day Aunt Violet dies, leaving a small cottage in Cornwall to Binny and her family. Binny finds herself in a new world once more, full of sunshine and freedom and Gareth, the enemy-next-door and the ideal companion for dangerous dares. But Max is still lost in the past, and it seems impossible that she'll ever find him again...
This book is optimistic, clever, beautifully written and very, very amusing. It really is a book you shouldn't miss. * * * * * -- Bookbag
Hilary McKay is a wonderful storyteller, with an especial gift for writing about family life, bringing the thoughts and feelings of children vividly to life. Beautifully-written and enormously engaging, this gentle story about friendship and family in a seaside town will charm readers, right up until its warm-hearted and very satisfying ending. -- Booktrust
Few writers capture the voice and intimacy of family life as well as McKay and fans of her Casson Family series will adore this sensitive exploration of friendship, grief and the often hilarious rough and tumble of families adjusting to change. More Binny please. -- Daily Mail
McKay constructs convincing, page-turning portrait of a loving family that copes with adversity. Nourishing and tremendously entertaining. Warm, wise and witty... Binny for Short shows a mistress of her medium at work. -- Guardian
I've long been a fan of this author for her sure touch and comic genius when it comes to writing about the ups and downs of family life. Funny, warm-hearted and perfectly pitched. -- Lion & Unicorn Books
A tale of adventure, friendship and family... wonderful characters and storytelling. -- tBk Magazine
If you're trying to wean your daughter off Jacqueline Wilson, try Hilary McKay. Her books are so good you want to climb inside the covers and live there. -- The Daily Telegraph
I nearly fell out of bed pulling the book back off my dad when it was time for lights out because I wanted to continue reading...The story is exciting, compelling, sad and funny, with a surprising and heart-warming ending. -- Phoebe, age 9
Mixes family life and friendship, with plenty of warmth and humour. -- Sunday Express
A fantastically good book. -- Lythan St Annes Express
Few writers, if indeed any, write as warmly and accurately about family life as Hilary McKay, or with such humour. Her books feel both utterly timeless, and utterly contemporary. * * * * * -- Books For Keeps
A thorough joy... it has made me look again at her other titles in my hunger to immerse myself in her beautiful, clever writing again. -- Susie and the Pencils
This is a brilliantly written story that is gripping in a gently humorous way. -- Ed On The Web
A new novel from Casson series author Hilary McKay is always a treat and this one is no exception. Wonderful characters and storytelling . -- tBk Magazine
Uplifting and hilarious. -- School Librarian
This is a joyously good children's book... few modern authors write family life as well as Hilary McKay. -- Sunday Times
|Publication date:||7th February 2013|
|Publisher:||Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Books|
|Suitable for:||9+ readers|
Hilary McKay won the Costa Children's Book Award for The Skylarks' War, the Guardian Fiction Prize for The Exiles, and the Smarties and the Whitbread Award for The Exiles in Love and Saffy's Angel respectively. Hilary McKay's Fairy Tales was her first book with Macmillan Children's Books and is a critically acclaimed collection of clever retellings. You can read her character Rose Casson's blog by clicking here - and Rose's tweets on the right hand side of this page. Q & A with Hilary McKayWhat is your earliest childhood memory?Watching steam trains with my grandfather. He died before I ...More About Hilary McKay
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