Children's, New & Recommended, Age 9-12
Paperback Published on: 04/04/2024
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Bookseller Reviews

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Complete Brilliance
Packed full of empathy, bravery and (to be honest) sheer badassery, this is the perfect prequel to McNicoll’s debut, A Kind of Spark. There is not a single... READ MORE
Rhiannon at Kensington
Another Perfect Book From McNicoll
Elle McNicoll continues to write all of the books I wish I had growing up. This is a beautiful prequel to A Kind Of Spark, allowing the reader to know, ... READ MORE
Poppy Flaxman
I love Keedie: enough said!!
I adored A Kind Of Spark a few years back, and was so happy that it won our Children's Book Prize. I've enjoyed Elle's subsequent books for kids, and enjoy... READ MORE
Megan at Peterborough
A wonderful middle-grade read
Keedie is an amazing prequel to A Kind of Spark and I loved being back in the world of Juniper. This coming-of-age story will inspire readers, educate read... READ MORE
Emma at Waterstones Blackburn
Another beautiful novel championing autistic girls from Elle
Like almost all readers, I immediately fell in love with Keedie from A Kind of Spark, so I was excited when this prequel was announced! Keedie follows Addi... READ MORE
Joanna at St. Neots
Powerful and Heartwarming!
The prequel that all fans of A Kind of Spark have been waiting for! "Before there was Addie, there was Keedie." Welcome back to Juniper; Keedie is Addie... READ MORE
Elise, Bristol Galleries
Made me heartsore how good this is
'A Kind of Spark' is one of my favourite ever books and this prequel is perfect. I'm so happy that Elle McNicoll chose to explore the character of Keedie f... READ MORE
Kathrin Shawcross
Another Amazing Book from McNicoll
I received an advanced copy (huge thank you to Elle and Knights Of) and even though it is a short book, it took months to finish because I read it with my ... READ MORE
Emma Pullar


Set in Juniper five years before A Kind of Spark, Keedie is a powerful coming-of-age story that thoughtfully tackles bullying, navigating friendships, and the joys and difficulties of being an autistic teenager. As Keedie and her twin sister Nina approach their fourteenth birthday, they seem to only be growing further apart. Keedie instead feels drawn to, and fiercely protective of, their quiet younger sister Addie - who on the surface is the opposite of loud and fiery Keedie, but in fact they have more in common than anyone knows.

  • Publisher: Knights Of Media
  • ISBN: 9781913311988

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Another Great Read From Elle!
Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy. What can I really say but another absolutely great read from Elle! It looks at how we might all b... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
A ferocious return to Juniper
McNicoll returns to Juniper with the ferocious, brilliant voice of Keedie, and man I am so excited to be back with her. This is a prequel to A Kind of Spar... READ MORE
Lizzie | @littlehux
Bold, brilliant & brave. I loved it!
Keedie is a powerful tale of navigating friendships, family and teenage life whilst living in a world that struggles to make sense of you. Bold, brilliant ... READ MORE
Jo Clarke
An absolute must-read
While it’s true that for all of us life has changed in the last two and a half years, there can be very few of us who in addition have also changed the liv... READ MORE
Jacqui  Sydney
This book is fantastically written and ties perfectly into the original book and the tv show it is definitely worth a read!
Ruby Verlander
Elle has done it again!
Keedie was such an amazing read, I didn’t want to put it down. I loved a kind of spark, and I was so excited to get Keedie. It made me laugh, smile, cry (a... READ MORE
Marina Patsy
A bold and emotional read! Fantastic!
Elle has again reduced me to tears with her brilliant writing. The town of Juniper, though fictional, contains emough of the characters I have encountered ... READ MORE
Claire Morrissey
Everything I could have hoped for and so much more.
In love with Elle McNicoll's latest book, Keedie. It was EVERYTHING. I wish I had a whole thesaurus of words to describe how much I love it. Everything wil... READ MORE
Bryher Mackenzie
Everything I wanted and more!
I cannot begin to express how much I adored this book. When I first read AKoS, I was newly diagnosed autistic and hadn't done any processing or unpacking... READ MORE
Emma Ferrier
I got an early proof from the publishers & immediately read it & I loved it. I raged & cried & laughed with Keedie, as I knew I would, because Elle is *so*... READ MORE
Caroline Fielding