Monday, 24 August 2015

The Butterfly Shell by Maureen White (Children's, 11 years +, Young Adult, 10E/10E)

Simple but effective cover
 3rd August 2015, The O'Brien Press, 192 pages, Paperback, Review copy 

Content: self-harm, family life, school drama, hope, tissues needed

Summary from The O'Brien Press
Marie was hurting even before the accident. Between the mean girls tormenting her by day and a ghostly cry waking her at night, her first year at secondary school was far from what she had expected. But Marie is now writing her story, the story of a very strange year and a very special shell which was found in a most unexpected place.

Nayu's thoughts 
 The blurb had hooked me, I wanted to know more why Marie was struggling so hard that she ended up self-harming, as well as the power behind the butterfly shaped shell. You'll need lots of tissues, there were few points where I wanted to wrap her up in cotton wool, and make her world right again. She definitely goes through a rough patch of life, feeling unwanted and not at all useful, but, as she eventually discovers, she is far from alone.

 Family is the key to this story, family is what both causes her grief and helps cure it. No matter how awful life is, there is usually something to pull us through it, whether it's like the butterfly shell, an object, or a person, clinging to it with all our might is often all we can do until the storm passes. I want a sequel so I can find out what happens next! 

Available from bookstores including NRC affiliate Foyles

Suggested read
Another tissue needing emotional read is Worry Magic by Dawn McNiff (Children's, 9 years +, 10E/10E)

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