The Book That Made Me: Nicola Davies 15/05/19
Publisher: Barrington Stoke
Amy-May is feeling displaced and more than a little bit lost. Hardly surprising after Mum and Dad split up and Dad moved miles away to a semi-derelict cottage with no mobile phone signal.
She and Mum have had to move too – to a ‘garden’ flat which doesn’t actually have a garden and Amy-May can’t face school because, they say, she has ‘anxiety’.
Thank goodness for Grace’s art school which is a safe and supportive place for Amy-May to be as she comes to terms with her new life and is allowed to rediscover the joy of simple pleasures like drawing, craft, growing and cooking.
This super-readable ‘chapters’ book addresses problems that affect many young people at one time or another. It deals unsentimentally with family break-up, moving home and school anxiety whilst showing how one girl finds solace and positivity with the help of an understanding and inspirational teacher.