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A Storm of Strawberries
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Darby loves summer on her family's strawberry farm - but is the weather about to turn?

A UK nomination for IBBY's List of Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities 2019

Darby is twelve and has Down's syndrome. Her favourite things are music, chocolate, and her big sister Kaydee. It's nearly time for the annual chocolate hunt, the highlight of Darby's year, but Kaydee has brought a friend home for the weekend. Suddenly both the chocolate hunt and her favourite person are in danger of slipping away... and to make things worse, the family's strawberry farm is hit by a tornado.

When the storm clears, what will be left? And can Darby mend what's been broken when nobody will listen to her?

A warm, thoughtful and empathetic novel from acclaimed author Jo Cotterill.

Children'sFiction & true storiesFamily & home storiesChildren'sFiction & true storiesGeneral fictionChildren'sFiction & true storiesRomance & relationships stories Publisher: Templar Publishing Publication Date: 29/06/2017 ISBN-13: 9781848126169  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Jo Cotterill has had several careers - actor, musician, teacher, fireworks technician - but is now a full-time writer in Oxfordshire. She has published over thirty books for children and young people, including the award-winning Looking at the Stars, A Library of Lemons, and the superhero comic/novel Electrigirl. Jo loves going into schools and talking about books and reading, and can be found making cards and writing music when she's not spending time with her two young daughters. Find her online: / @jocotterillbook

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This is an absolutely charming book. Set on a strawberry farm over the course of one weekend, this novel follows twelve year old Darby as things start to (literally and metaphorically) fall apart in her life. A tornado is coming, and so is her sister Kaydee's difficult friend Lissa. All Darby wants to do is the annual chocolate egg hunt. Darby has Down's Syndrome and its clear that Cottrill has done her research into life as someone with Down's Syndrome, producing a point of view narrative that feels real - and very close to good autistic character voices, which makes me wonder if Darby is supposed to be dual diagnosis. Sorry autism distraction! In a short novel and one small weekend, Cottrill manages to incorporate jealousy, secrets and truths, hidden romance, financial fears and a lot of shouting. I'm really impressed by this lovely little novel that affirms that disabled people have our own wants, desires, personalities without patronising the reader or getting it wildly wrong. Not only that but this is a middle grade novel with a lesbian couple that also deals with coming out to parents and siblings - normally a narrative reserved for older readers books. All in all, I'm really impressed and will be seeking out more of Cottrill's books. This is a great novel to buy a child (I feel from age 9 upwards) especially if they want to understand people with Down's Syndrome, learning disabilities and autism better, as well as being just a lovely, captivating story. Darby is a warm loving person who I loved reading about, and honestly I'd read a whole series about her. Interested? Get it here. What to read next: How to Look for a Lost Dog by Ann M. Martin The Girl in Between by Sarah Carroll The Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin Thank you kindly to the team at Bonnier Zaffre and Piccadilly Press for sharing this book with me.

- 10/07/2017
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