How to Be Brave - How To Be (Paperback)
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How to Be Brave - How To Be (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages
Published: 01/07/2021
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A rip-roaring boarding school adventure that mixes old fashioned storytelling with a modern-day sensibility, How to Be Brave sees a group of resourceful girls take on a dictatorial headteacher.

Calla's mum has never been normal. She's been known to go out in a lab coat and slippers and often forgets to perform basic tasks because she's been thinking about ducks. When a job offer arrives to study her beloved birds in the Amazon rainforest, Calla knows her mum has to go. Nervously, she agrees to go to boarding school.

She quickly learns that trouble is afoot in this odd convent school. A mean new headmistress is imposing horrible rules and making everyone eat Brussels sprout cake, and the students are itching to revolt. As Calla makes new friends and gets drawn into their rebellious plot, she keeps waiting for her mum to call. She will, won't she?

Exuberantly funny and brimming with heart, How to Be Brave is a riotous celebration of the power of resourceful girls, stories and the right biscuit at the right time.

Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books
ISBN: 9781782693253
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

This twisty tale is truly marvellous - Independent, Children's Book of the Week

Ridiculously loveable book alert... hilarious and completely endearing - Clémentine Beauvais, author of Piglettes

How to be Brave is wonderful. It's a brilliantly funny and heartfelt middle-grade adventure that had me cheering, smiling, crying and craving a slice of victoria sponge. Think bake-off-meets-boarding-school with nuns and ducks. I loved it. - Sarah Baker, author of Through the Mirror Door

A rip-roaring boarding school adventure that mixes old fashioned storytelling with a modern-day sensibility, How to Be Brave sees a group of resourceful girls take on a dictatorial headteacher - Waterstones

Both the young and the young-at-heart will find delight in the traditional good vs. evil depicted in the form of the most villainous of villains and a host of spunky female characters who are persistent enough to save the day - School Library Journal

Expect rebellious nuns, courageous girls and an awful lot of biscuits - The Bookseller, Ones to Watch

This story echoes the writings of Jacqueline Wilson, with its wonderfully courageous and light-hearted female characters and their valiant efforts to make change - Irish Examiner

A modern day update of the school story and it is phenomenal - Down the Rabbit Hole

Fans of Eva Ibbotson, British baking shows, and boarding school stories will happily immerse themselves in this cozily familiar setting...An entertaining and humorous adventure - Kirkus Reviews

Tea-and-biscuits British quirkiness...like an excellent sponge cake, How To Be Brave balances fluff with substance - Film Stories

Think Mallory Towers... mischievous boarding school vibes but with an added 'Evil Plot'... and ducks - The Pod Around the Corner

Accomplished, clever, witty and full of fun, with characters you will want to be best friends with, it is a quirky treat from start to finish - The Book Nook, Hove

This book expressed the true meaning of being brave and how in life you have to go through hard situations before you get to the good stuff - Iona, aged 9, for Books Up North

This book reminded me why books are worth reading and why confectionery is worth eating - Lucy, aged 9

One of the best middle-grades I've read for a while. Intensely funny, but also moving and full of puns, facts, and mouth watering Victoria Sponge cakes - Ruby Granger

I laughed and cried mightily from the outset. This is a master storyteller at work, if you don't love it too I shall eat my hat - Clara Vuilliamy

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“Friendship, mystery and....ducks”

This book was utterly lovely and is surely destined to be a modern classic. Daisy May Johnson pays homage to Hodgson Burnett, Blyton, Streatfeild and Ibbotson yet also crafts an entirely original story that is truly... More

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Jo Clarke

“Original and quirky, this is simply wonderful.”

When I first heard about, ‘How to be Brave,’ I knew immediately it would be just my cup of tea, as Calla’s mum has a passion for ducks (you did read that right, I did say ducks), I have a complete obsession with... More

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“Captivating”

How to Be Brave was a strange yet capturing book. The witty footnotes and POV were interesting and very enjoyable!

The story follows Calla North as she has to go to a boarding school when her duck-lover mum goes to... More

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