When Apple's mother returns after eleven years of absence, Apple feels whole again.
She will have an answer to her burning question - why did you go? And she will have someone who understands what it means to be a teenager - unlike Nana.
But just like the stormy Christmas Eve when she left, her mother's homecoming is bitter sweet, and Apple wonders who is really looking after whom.
It's only when Apple meets someone more lost than she is, that she begins to see things as they really are. Like a brilliant hybrid of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson, Sarah Crossan entices you into her world, then tells a moving, perceptive and beautifully crafted, Carnegie Shortlisted story which has the power to make you laugh and cry. Shortlisted for The CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2015.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 12/02/2015
- Category: General
- ISBN: 9781408827130
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Review by SueS7
Really enjoyed this story. The poetry was amazing. Apple is a great character. Her life has the usual teenage concerns around friendships, boys, and attitudes towards adults. Added to this is the longing for the return of her mother who left her when she was three years old. When her mother does return Apple is excited to get to know her. Compared to her nana who has looked after her, Apple's mum is much more liberal and cool. Apple also discovers she has a sister Rain. Their relationship takes time to grow as they come to terms with sharing their mother. There are many funny moments, tension and courage needed to face truths. The poetry is beautifully intertwined into the story and effectively conveys Apple's thoughts and emotions. There are significant issues that the characters contend with but it is written so that you don''t get weighed down by them.