Dream On Amber
Chicken House 2014 $16.99pn 266pp
ISBN 978 1 9084 3564 4
Themes: Bullying/ Family life/ High school life/ one parent families/ Sisters
Amber, whose full name is Amber Alessandra Leola Kimiko Miyamoto is part Japanese and part Italian and lives in London with her mother and younger sister. She has always missed not having a father (he had walked out of their lives when she was very young) and now that she is starting High School she misses him even more. There are no happy endings in this realistic story but anyone who has grown up in a family where one parent is missing should feel satisfied with the resolution to the problems. This is a story with many funny moments, which should appeal mainly to younger girls. Not, I think, a book for the read-aloud list.
Year 6 up/ Age 10 up (I don’t know about you but I have always found that children like to read about characters at least 2 years older than themselves).
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