Sunday, 22 January 2012

New Beginnings by Rebecca Emin (children's, 7 years +)

23rd January 2012, Grimoire books
168 pages, Paperback
Review copy 

Themes: bullying, school life, fitting in, being isolated, fear, trust, friendship and families, seeking help, gaining confidence, some humour, lots of feel good sections. 

Summary from Grimoire books
Sam Hendry is not looking forward to starting at her new school. Things go from bad to worse as the day of truth arrives and all of her fears come true...and then some. When Sam meets a different group of people who immediately accept her as a friend, she begins to feel more positive. With her new friends and interests, will Sam finally feel able to face the bully who taunts her, and to summon up the courage to perform on stage? 

Nayuleska's thoughts
Anyone who has suffered the slightest bit of teasing at school, or worse, will find Sam's story true to life, one full of hope and the knowledge that there really is always someone you can talk to. I was smiling heaps at the end of this 9/10 read. 

You can find out more about Rebecca and her books on her website.

Suggested read
Another touching story which deals with bullying is Eight Keys by Suzanne Lafleur

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