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Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow

"A truly heart-warming, funny and positive debut about a son’s way of dealing with his father’s coming out"

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Longlisted for the UKLA Book Award 2022 ages 7-10 | March 2021 Debut of the Month | Selected for The Book Box by LoveReading4Kids

12-year-old Archie Albright is a character who instantly grabs the reader’s attention with his natural, chatty narrative voice. His family is splitting up, he doesn’t know why, and he knows there is something they are not telling him. After a disastrous parents evening and an overheard conversation, Dad has to finally confess to Archie that he is gay. Archie just wants everyone to be happy again. He desperately wants to understand and to help. His Dad drops a leaflet about the PRIDE march and Archie decides he will find all his answers there and luckily, he has two staunch friends who see all the pitfalls of this expedition but decide to help him anyway. Needless to say everything goes wrong!

There are so many things to love about this splendid book. Every character, including the joyous cast of LGBTQ+ characters that they meet and are helped by on their adventure, rings authentically true. The dialogue is witty, but realistic, not played just for cheap laughs. But there is a lot of genuine humour in the situations the children find themselves embroiled in and a fair bit of nail-biting tension too! It is also so refreshing that this is not a story about overcoming homophobia- all the main characters are totally accepting of Archie’s Dad’s right to determine his sexuality, while not denying the pain that comes from family break up. It deals honestly with difficult emotions and conveys a strong message about empathy and tolerance. This is such a rewarding, positive and inclusive read that it deserves a place in every school and in every home.

Joy Court

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This book is about a boy and his strangely acting parents. His parents kind of hate each other and Archie wants to help them be loved again. His new life is different without his dad. But his mum said he is still his dad no matter what happens.

Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow

This book is about a boy and his strangely acting parents. His parents kind of hate each other and Archie wants to help them be loved again. His new life is different without his dad. But his mum said he is still his dad no matter what happens.

All that Archie wants is his happy family together again.... Read Full Review

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