A moving sequel

TITLE = FREIA LOCKHART’S SUMMER OF AWFUL

AUTHOR = AIMEE SAID

GENRE = FAMILY, ROMANCE, FRIENDSHIP, GROWING UP

INTEREST LEVEL = YEARS 9-10

Freia Lockhart is sooo looking forward to the summer holidays: for the first time she has a boyfriend to share them with (the delicious Dan) and 3 new friends. Life is looking good. Until Freia discovers that her mum has breast cancer and will need surgery soon after Christmas. Will Freia tell her new friends, will Dan provide her with the support she needs? Whilst she is waiting to find out, Freia is also trying to hold together the household amidst opposition from her bratty younger brother who looks to be heading for trouble with his mates. When Gran arrives to take over will life improve or just get more complicated?? And why hasn’t she heard from Dan??

This is an engaging continuation in the adventures of Freai Lockhart. Although it is the second book about Freia you don’t really need to have read book 1 to enjoy this one. Whilst book 1 was all about Freai falling out with her friends and falling in love with Dan, this book focusses more on family and her new friendships.

Highly Recommended (dma) *****

A moving story about a girl caught in a family split

TITLE = MOTHER’S DAY

AUTHOR = ANNE BROOKSBANK

GENRE = FAMILY, DIVORCE, GROWING UP

INTEREST LEVEL = YEARS 7-9

Molly has lived with her dad and his second wife, Ro, for as long as she can remember and she feels happy and comfortable in their lakeside home. And she dearly loves her step-brother, Locky. But she is aware that all is not going well for her dad and Ro … they seem to be constantly bickering .. and maybe Locky doesn’t love her as much as she thought?

So when her long distant mother makes a reappearance in her life, Molly is ready to get to know her better … maybe even ready to move in with her mum and grandmother, even if this means being miles away from Dad and Locky.

But what if she changes her mind? jhat if her dad changes his mind too and wants to fight to have her back  … will lawyers and courts get between Molly and a happy future? Is there a chance for happiness when divorce and remarriage has changed her family so much??

This is a sensitive and credible story about the difficulties sometimes faced by youngsters caught between parents who no longer love each other… how do you decide who to live with and can you still love both parents when they don’t love each other? Molly’s story is often touching and heartfelt and it has a satisfying outcome.

And if you enjoy reading this book you might like to read “Father’s Day” and “Big Thursday” written by the same author and set amongst the same group of friends – looking at other teens (this time boys) who are caught in awkward family arrangements too.

Highly Recommended (dma) ****