AUTHOR = SIMON FRENCH
GENRE = BULLYING, GROWING UP, IDENTITY, FAMILY, PARENTS,
INTEREST LEVEL = YEARS 7 – 9
Kieran’s view of himself and his world is forced to change when his cousin Bon and a new girl, Julia, arrive at his school. Kieran wants to fit in, but Bon doesn’t know anything about fitting in—he looks different, he wears the wrong clothes, he says weird things—and Julia doesn’t care about fitting in, establishing her own style and following with seeming ease. Bon’s arrival doesn’t just threaten to upset Kieran’s relationship with the cool kids at school, but also his relationship with his parents, his sister, his Nan and his budding relationship with the elusive Julia. This is a story about families and relationships, about bullying and fitting in, about discovering where your values lie and that the world is more complex than you think. This is a 2013 CBCA Short-listed Book for Younger Readers.
Recommended (mrsk) ****