Outer London, September 2016, and neighbouring eight-year-olds have homework: prepare a traditional story to perform with their families at a school festival. But Nathan’s father thinks his son would be better off doing sums; Sky’s mother’s enthusiasm is as fleeting as her bank balance, and there’s a threatening shadow hanging over poor Alka’s family. Only Mandeep’s fragile grandmother and new girl Xoriyo really understand the magical powers of storytelling. As national events and individual challenges jostle for the adults’ attention, can these two bring everyone together to ensure the show will go on?
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I have to admit I didn’t expect this book to be such an intriguing and thought provoking read as it was. I’m not sure if it was the title or innocent looking front cover that did it but I really wasn’t expecting what I found within its pages- in a good way!
This book follows five very different children as they embark on a school project to understand more about the different cultures that exist in their home town of London. The story is told from each families point of view and details the reaction of both the adults and the children in the family to what they discover. The five families are unknown to each other before the project begins despite living near each other.
Told with great insight and humour the author describes the many different cultures and beliefs that exist in modern day Britain which was fascinating to learn more about. I believe that the author hopes to develop understanding for the differences in these cultures by helping to educate the reader, through the families experience. As such I think this is an important book for everyone to read and I will definitely be recommending it to others. It would also make a great book club read as there would be lots to discuss.
Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.
About The Author:
Jessica Norrie studied French literature at Sussex University, and trained as a teacher at Sheffield. Then she wandered into parenthood, told her now grown up children stories, and heard theirs. A qualified translator, she worked on an eclectic mix of material, from health reports on racehorses to harrowing refugee tales. She taught adults and children, co-authored a textbook and ran teacher training. In 2008 came the idea for “The Infinity Pool”, which appeared in 2015 (and in German in 2018). Her second novel “The Magic Carpet”, inspired by teaching creatively in multicultural schools, was published in July 2019, and she is working on a third. She divides her time between London and Malvern, blogging, singing soprano, and walking in the forest and hills.