The Book That Made Me: David Almond 20/03/19
Rosa was born with a rare condition that meant she could not speak. Not only that, but the condition was one that was feared by her community on the island of Mirasol where she lived, so she had to remain hidden.
Rosa wasn't the first in her family to suffer from 'The Calm'. Her mother also had it, but what happened to her mother? Rosa knows so little about her family as she grows up, protected by her father and the mysterious Yaya who rescued her as a child but as the story moves to its exciting conclusion, we know she will find out.
This story is mysterious, compelling and unusual. It shows us what it is like to be different and afraid and shows us the strength of family love and friendship. It is a treasure waiting to be enjoyed.