Disability representation

Book Review: The Amazing Edie Eckhart

Author: Rosie JonesIllustrator: Natalie SmilliePublisher: Hodder Children’s Books (2021)Genre: Contemporary fiction (for a middle grade readership). Image sourceImage description in alt text. This review contains spoilers for parts of the novel. “Edie Eckhart is Excited with a capital E to start secondary school with her best friend Oscar - the fish to her chips, the… Continue reading Book Review: The Amazing Edie Eckhart

Disability representation

Book Review: The Other Side of Beautiful

Author: Kim LockGenre: Contemporary fictionPublisher: Harper Collins (July 2021) Image source “Meet Mercy Blain, whose house has just burnt down. Unfortunately for Mercy, this goes beyond the disaster it would be for most people: she hasn't been outside that house for two years now.And so begins Mercy's unwilling journey. After the chance purchase of a… Continue reading Book Review: The Other Side of Beautiful

Books featuring a mother with a mental illness

Book Review: The Coconut Children

Author: Vivian PhamPublisher: Vintage Books (2020)Genre: Historical fiction Content warning: mentions of alcoholism, overdose “Life in a troubled neighbourhood demands too much too young. But Sonny wouldn’t really know. Watching the world from her bedroom window, she exists only in second-hand romance novels and falls for any fast-food employee who happens to spare her a… Continue reading Book Review: The Coconut Children