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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