I've never read anything by Kate Saunders before so I didn't know what to expect when I picked up this book. I read some reviews that recommended it with phrases like 'modern day classic' and 'instant classic' and it is all that and more.
I don't like putting spoilers in fiction reviews so I will try to be a bit general and just give a type of back cover blurb.
The story centres around Emily and the death of her sister, Holly. When Holly was alive Emily provided a voice for Holly's bear Bluey who would tell Holly stories about a magical land called Smockeroon. When Holly dies, Emily loses her connection to Bluey, Holly and her connection to the land of Smockeroon so she starts to write down all she remembers in a little book. And then Emily starts dreaming about Smockeroon and the door between our world - the 'hard world' - and Smockeroon breaks down and toys from Smockeroon start creating gentle havoc in the real world and in Emily's life. Emily desperately wants to get to Smockeroon where she might see Bluey and Holly again but will she be able to?
Along the way Emily makes new friends and regains lost ones and finds out the deeper stories about the love and loss of people's lives. There is a richness and a deepness to the writing that I found very satisfying. I laughed and I cried and this story had a authenticity that speaks straight into the heart. The notes at the end of the book help to explain why.
This is a magical story for kids of all ages. Highly recommended.
- Library Binding: 246 pages
- Publisher: Delacorte Pr (14 August 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553497901
- ISBN-13: 978-0553497908
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.2 x 21.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 363 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review