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Sharon Creech

5-8 8-12

Longlisted for the UKLA Awards

Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week: ‘Delightful and infused with understanding’

Reena and her little brother move with their parents from the city to Maine – where beaches, blueberries are just what she expects. But she gets more than she bargains for when her parents ‘volunteer Reena to work for an eccentric neighbour, Mrs Falal. Reena and Luke find themselves looking after an extraordinary collection of animals including a pig, a parrot, a snake and perhaps the most stubborn cow in the world – Zora…

A gorgeously-written book told in both prose and verse, full of play on language and a real understanding of the way children’s minds work.