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Westcott, Rebecca: Five Things They Never Told Me

Magazine article School Librarian

Westcott, Rebecca: Five Things They Never Told Me

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Westcott, Rebecca

Five Things They Never Told Me

Puffin, 2015, pp304, 6.99 [pounds sterling]

978 0 141 35864 2

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Twelve year old Erin is cross and fed up. Her Mum has left her Dad for another man with two young boys and she has been left with Dad. Well, she chose to stay with Dad because of Picasso--her dachshund pet dog who is the only one who seems to listen to her! Her cunning plan to make them listen backfired and she is now grounded and faced with spending the whole six week Summer holiday working at Oak Hill Home for the Elderly as punishment, as Erin saw it.

Eighty five year old Martha is also fed up. She has had to become a resident of Oak Hill after suffering a stroke. She cannot speak, does not like rules and yearns to have the freedom of her youth. When the two meet and are encouraged to spend time together, they are both reluctant and stubborn, but most of all lonely. …

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