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Nyr: Secret Friends

Written by Elizabeth Laird

Illustrated by Jason Cockroft

Nyr: Secret Friends Synopsis

A book about real dilemmas that children face every day - full of warmth and by an award-winning author. It's crazy, starting at a new school. For days you feel so new and lost it's as if you've wandered into a foreign country where you can't speak the language. This haunting story about Rafaella, the new girl at school who finds making friends hard, is a stunning piece of writing. With her strange name and sticking out ears she's different from the rest. Lucy is the first to tease, the first to call her 'Earwig'. Until a secret friendship starts, full of warmth and mystery. Beautifully illustrated throughout by Jason Cockcroft, this is a modern classic by the winner of the Children's Book Award. 'A humane and honest story. It conveys so much, so simply and so well.' The Scotsman '... a fine weepy with a moral, about the dangers of playground cliquishness and cruelty.' The Sunday Times

Nyr: Secret Friends Press Reviews

Conveys so much, so simply and so well * The Scotsman * Beautifully written, evokes strong emotions * Good Book Guide *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780340664735
Publication date: 23rd April 1997
Author: Elizabeth Laird
Illustrator: Jason Cockroft
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 96 pages

About Elizabeth Laird

Elizabeth Laird's family is Scottish but she was born in New Zealand and grew up in Surrey. After studying languages at Bristol & Edinburgh Universities, she worked in Ethiopia and India where she met her husband, David McDowall, a writer on Middle Eastern affairs. They have two children.

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