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The third book in Sarah Webb's heartwarming series about friendship and family, set on an island. Perfect for readers aged 9 years and up. Perfect for fans of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson. The third book in The Songbird Cafe Girls series about friendship, family and a very special cafe. After the death of her mum, Aurora struggles to care about anything until she meets Click the dolphin. So when Aurora learns about the use of dangerous fishing nets, she's determined to help protect dolphins like Click. Her friends at the Songbird Cafe are only too happy to help.
Girls who enjoyed Sarah Webb’s first Songbird Café Girls story will be excited to return to Little Bird Island to read about another of its inhabitants. Sunny and her little sister Min came to the island from China and live there with their new parents. Sunny is mostly very happy, and has a special friend in Mollie, but outside her home, even in the happy atmosphere of the Songbird Café, she is selectively mute. Sunny, her parents and Min all wish that Sunny could speak and her mum and dad organise a trip back to their old home to see if that will help. Their visit helps Sunny in lots of ways, and brings her closer to her little sister too, but it’s an event back home on the island that determines her to overcome the anxiety that’s stopping her speaking. Warm and well-written this is a moving and thoughtful story, another treat for pre-teen readers. ~ Andrea Reece
March 15 Book of the Month When her TV presenter mum flies off to Australia for two months, thirteen year old Mollie is sent to stay with the great-grandma she hardly knows on the tiny island of Little Bird. She feels like Dorothy landing in Oz, everything is totally different to what she knows. Though she gets off to a bad start, making an enemy of one of the few other girls who live on the island, helping out in the Songbird Café gives her a different perspective on the island, and she soon makes friends. This is perfectly pitched for pre-teen readers. Sarah Webb gets Mollie’s voice spot on, and the emotional journey she makes is totally convincing. The setting is delightful, and the cast of island characters so lovely everyone will want to live there. ~ Andrea Reece A letter from the author ~ Dear Reader, I’ve always loved books about islands: Enid Blyton’s Five on a Treasure Island and The Secret Island; the wonderful Irish adventure Island of the Great Yellow Ox by Walter Macken; the Anne of Green Gables books, which are set on Prince Edward Island in Canada; and a very old book called The Swiss Family Robinson, which my mum used to read to me, and is about a family who are stranded on a desert island. A few years ago, I stayed in a yurt (a round Mongolian tent) on a small island called Cape Clear. It was so quiet, so peaceful. There was no traffic noise, only the odd dog barking and birds calling. One night as I lay on the grass, looking at the stars – there were so many glittering above me that I saw not one but two shooting stars – I started to think about what it might be like to live on a small island. I decided I’d like to create and write stories about my very own island, Little Bird. At its heart would be a very special cafe, the Songbird Cafe − a place where everyone on the island meets. And then I introduced Mollie Cinnamon, a girl who is used to city life, and I stood back and watched the island’s magic cast its spell on her. I hope you have the chance to visit a stunning island like Cape Clear one day. Until then, you can read about Mollie and her journey from city slicker to island girl. Best and many wishes, Sarah XXX P. S. For teacher’s notes on using Mollie Cinnamon Is Not a Cupcake in the classroom, see www.SarahWebb.ie.