5th January 2012, Frances Lincoln
288 pages, Paperback
Themes: criminal in the family, prison, school life, bullying at school, acting up, pushing friends away, resisting changes, growing up, innocence, love for a parent, hospital, being sick, operations, prison, musicals, dogs, lots of sweet moments, tissues needed.
Summary from Frances Lincoln
When Poppy discovers that her father Frank is in prison, she is angry and bewildered. Seeing her wonderful, heroic father in a London prison looking pale, subdued and in prison clothes, she suddenly has a brilliant idea: to free her father. She and her friend Will invent all kinds of escape ideas for him - until she hears that he has been removed to a prison far away on an island, with five years to serve. But, when the prison decides to stage a musical using professionals and prisoners, Frank is picked for th lead role. It is then that the question begin...
Poppy had me nearly sobbing, so strong is her faith that her father is innocent. She does all she can to see him, but when the plans go awry she doesn't fall too far into despair - her inner resilience sees her through, as do her true friends. It may be hard with her dad away, but she learns a lot from the experience. Definitely a 10/10 read.
Find out more about Poppy on Rachel's website.
For a boy's view of a parent in the wrong, try Morris Gleitzman's Too Small To Fall,