In this modern fantasy/fairytale Jackie and her mum live on an estate surrounded by tower blocks, but dream of a better life in the countryside.
Although Jackie looks after Gran's tatty old donkey, Barnaby, she longs to have her own horse like the local boys.
When she finds an old broken gnome in a skip, and lovingly restores him as a birthday present for her mum, her fortunes start to change. Naming the the gnome Mr. Skip, Jackie confides her fears, hopes and dreams to him - and is stunned when one day he replies!
Mr. Skip has a way of making things happen, and soon the lives of Jackie and her family are transformed beyond their wildest dreams. Short chapters and delightful illustrations make this book an ideal choice for newly confident readers.