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Book of the week
Kes Gray and Claire Gray
You’d think it would be hard to match Oi Frog!, deservedly one of the most popular picture books of recent times, but this team has done it.
(Little Island Books)
Twelve-year-old Philip, would-be comedian, reluctant poet and fervent Harry Hill fan, is busy dealing with the usual teenage problems, girls, teachers, the school bully, when his Mum is diagnosed with breast cancer and life takes a more serious and difficult turn.
Crosscaper Orphanage stands on the westernmost tip of Achill Island, County Mayo. It may have a Director whose dislike of children matches that of Wackford Squeers or Mr Bumble, but this Orphanage is neither Dotheboys Hall nor the Workhouse.
(Macmillan Children's Books)
This cleverly constructed, beautifully written story is just the thing for an audience on the brink of maturity but still looking out for fiction where everything unerringly works out by the end.