Mercy needs to stand up for herself. She also needs a miracle. Eleven-year-old Mercy lives with her eccentric foster aunts - two elderly sisters so poor they can afford only one lightbulb.
A nasty housing developer is eyeing their house, which suddenly starts falling apart - just as Aunt Flora does, too.
She's forgetting words, names and even how to behave in public.
Mercy tries to keep her head down at school but when a classmate frames her for stealing the school's raffle money, Mercy's teachers decide to take a closer look at her home life.
With the help of a neighbour, Mr Singh, who teaches Mercy about Gandhi and his principles of passive resistance, Mercy finds a tool that can help solve her problems.
But first, like Gandhi, she needs to stand up for herself.
She also needs a miracle. And to summon it she has to find her voice and tell the truth - and that truth is neither pure nor simple.
A book that already feels like a classic, Small Mercies holds a strong message for children today.
Full of heart, it will shine among the best children's literature for years to come.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 06/02/2020
- Category: Family
- ISBN: 9781406391800
- Paperback / softback from £7.99