When Amy-May’s parents split up, she has to leave her life at Clay Cottage behind; the garden, homeschooling, and the sea that sings her to sleep. While she moves to the city with her mum, her dad moves to a ramshackle house high in the hills. The never ending worries grow and grow, and the thought of starting Secondary school is a change too far for Amy-May, so she finds herself at Grace’s art-school, where worryingly, she learns she won’t be the only student.
On her second day, Amy-May meets the Alam family, refugees from Syria, including Rima (Grace’s other student) who has worries of her own. With the help of Grace’s sandpit and shoe boxes of toys, and Iman, the interpreter, the girls find a way to overcome their lack of shared spoken language
With stunning illustrations from Jane Rae, which capture Sita Brahmachari’s characters as well as Grace’s dolls, there is much to learn from this gently told, heart-warming and hopeful story of children coping with the changes life throws at them, finding friendship and discovering the power of shared stories through any ‘language’.
Great for fans of The Girl With The Sunshine Smile.
Huge thanks to Barrington Stoke for sending me a copy for review. It’s a very welcome addition to my school bookshelf.
About The Publisher…
Barrington Stoke books are designed to help dyslexic and reluctant readers, with:
- Tinted pages to reduce visual stress, which may be more common in people with dyslexia and can make words seem to jump or dance on the page
- A special font that helps prevent people with dyslexia confusing letter shapes
- Special spacing to help minimise confusing, blurring and switching
- Thick paper to make sure words and pictures don’t show through from other pages and confuse the eye
- Special editing to help minimise barriers to comprehension. This process was developed by dyslexia and speech and language experts in response to research and feedback from thousands of readers on hundreds of Barrington Stoke manuscripts over the years.