Little Light by Coral Rumble; highlights some of the dilemmas and challenges many young people face as they grow up

An inventive and evocative story, told in poems.

Ava is hiding – hiding from the small, cramped room where she lives with her Mum and two younger siblings, hiding from the taunts and hostility she gets at school, hiding from her sometimes lonely and difficult life. But there’s love and support here too, in the form of Ava’s best friend Roxy, her wise Trinidadian Nan and a stray dog she befriends. Can Ava be brave enough to shine light when life gets dark?

Moving, emotive and poignant, Coral Rumble’s verse novel is a compellingly beautiful read. In a seamless poetic narrative she creates a world peppered with utterly believable characters and feelings, and sensitively highlights some of the dilemmas and challenges many young people face as they grow up.

Illustrated by Shih-Yu Lin

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The Day Job Coral Rumble is a popular, award-winning poet. She has worked as a poet and performer for many years, and now specialises in writing and performing for children. Coral has worked in numerous schools, with all age groups, and delivering teacher training. She was featured in Favourite Poets published by Hodder Children’s Books. Michael Rosen has commented, “Rumble has a dash and delight about her work”.

Published Books Coral has had five poetry collections published and has contributed to nearly 200 poetry anthologies. Her publications have been promoted in the ‘Best Books’ supplement of Junior Education Mag, and The Children’s Poetry Bookshelf. Coral has written many poems for Cbeebies TV and Cbeebies Radio. Her picture book, The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat, illustrated by Charlotte Cooke, was longlisted for the Oscars Book Prize. Coral won the prestigious Caterpillar Poetry Prize, 2018, and her winning poem, Mustafa’s Jumper, was published as a story in 2019. Her collection of poems, Riding a Lion, published in September, 2020, was shortlisted for the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Awards. Coral’s most recent collection, Things That Should Be in a Poem, has been shortlisted for Spark! School Book Awards 2023.

Her debut verse novel, Little Light, published in July, 2021, was chosen as a recommendation for National Poetry Day, 2021, was a chosen text for Empathy Day 2022, and is now longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2023. Coral’s debut novel, Jakub’s Otter, is to be published this summer, 2023.

Twitter: @RumbleCoral

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