A Girl Called Joy: Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week (Paperback)Jenny Valentine (author)
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For readers aged 9+ comes a sparkling new series about family, friends and finding the joy in life! From award-winning author Jenny Valentine, this is the perfect series for fans of Jacqueline Wilson, Cath Howe and Lara Williamson!
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 . . .
Includes beautiful illustrations from Claire Lefevre
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Number of pages: 224
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 16 mm
Written with all Valentine's usual skill and empathy we are drawn into the world of Joy and her difficult transition to life without the globe-trotting. The characters are clearly drawn, with an authentic family dynamic. The perfect length for readers enjoying a longer read as their next step. * LoveReading4Kids *
I love Jenny's writing; it's funny, smart and deft, with lots within it to delight the reader. -- Nicola Skinner, author of Bloom
One of the most bright and joyous books I've ever read! It's impossible not to fall in love with Joy and her story - it's just the silver lining we all need right now. -- Benjamin Dean, author of Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow
This book [. . .] is a delight for its warmth and humour, but principally because the writing is alive and stunning. * The Sunday Times, Children's Book of the Week *
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