Stay A Little Longer

Stay A Little Longer

13+ Readers YA Readers
Author: Bali Rai
ISBN: 9781781128329
Publication date: 15th September 2018
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 96 pages

Our View on Stay A Little Longer

A heartfelt, hard-hitting, super-readable novella about the life-affirming, life-saving friendship that blossoms between a young teenager and her 59 year-old neighbour.

All sweet-hearted Aman wanted was for her dad to stay a little longer, but he died before she had chance to read her special letter to him. While grappling with grief, she’s bullied by a bunch of older kids, but thankfully new neighbour Gurnam intervenes to scare them off. While Aman sees Gurnam as her “personal superhero”, she notices a sadness about him, but he won’t reveal the cause of his pain. The truth is revealed with poignant, page-turning urgency, leading to a shocking finale that sees Aman grasp a second vital chance to read her love-filled letter.

There’s so much humanity and soul in this short gem of a story. While the content is YA, this is written for those with a reading age of 8+, in a lucid, gripping style that tells it like it is and gets to the core of the characters’ hearts. I relished every word.

Joanne Owen

About Stay A Little Longer

From the award-winning author Bali Rai comes a powerful and immensely moving story of friendship, family and happiness. Well-known for his gritty realism for teens, Stay A Little Longer is a hard-hitting story that shows sometimes the strongest friendships can come from the least expected places.

Aman's dad is gone, leaving her feeling lost and alone. She struggles to talk about it, but it's a fact and he isn't coming back. When a lovely man called Gurnam moves in to her street and saves Aman from some local bullies, he and Aman quickly become friends, perhaps even like family. But Gurnam has his own sadness. One that's far bigger than Aman can understand, and it's tearing his life apart.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 13+

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