ACHUKA Book of the Day Fri 23 Apr 2021
Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week 16 May 2021
“Over-flowing with good humour and a fount of lively suggestions when it comes to devising new imaginative games, Joy deserves her happy ending. She even manages to bring crusty old grandpa round just as so many other small fictional children have always managed to do with their grumpy elders from Heidi and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm onwards.” Nick Tucker 5 STAR Bfk
Meet ten-year-old Joy Applebloom, a girl with a knack for finding the silver lining in even the darkest of rainclouds. After years of travelling the world with her parents and older sister, Claude (Claude rhymes with bored, which is just about right), Joy and her family move to suburbia – back to school, back to her grumpy, rule-obsessed grandad and back to normality. Joy soon finds her usual irrepressible positivity and zest for life waning, but when the powers that be threaten to pull down a mighty oak tree, Joy decides to fight back, and realizes that not all magic requires wands and spells, and perhaps the most important sort of magic is the power, resilience and courage that was there all along .
Jenny Valentine is an award-winning writer for Young Adults. Hello Now was a Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week last year. Fire Colour One is simply one of my favourite YA novels of all time. Her first novel Finding Violet Park won the Guardian prize in 2007.
From a few years ago now, but still worth a watch: Jenny Valentine talks about some of her favourite children’s books set in London…