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Bronnie is so lovely with the boys and we also felt that having a man enthusing about the books set a great example. I cared for her dad, and her mum, and Stig, and her newfound schoolfriends, and by the end I was just happy to see them be happy, even if I didn't think Balen put quite enough thought into resolving the issues that were making them unhappy in the first place.

Yourself and Bob are much cherished in our booky world and I personally really appreciate everything that you do.In conclusion, I don’t think Balen made a single misstep with this novel from the characterisation to the structure to the language, every single sentence and moment was superb! Furthermore, she’s memories of the woman who left when she was four, whose letters she has denied; these are feelings of hostility and abandonment. Although I would still argue it was slightly too predictable, the artistic and experimental writing style of Katya Balen swept me up in the tale this book had to tell. One thing that can always bring my own daughter around, and break the cycle of her meltdowns is story: to start to read her her book has always calmed her, controlled her breathing, brought her back into be held.

Can Mafalda find a way through a seemingly dark future and still go to school, play football and look after her beloved cat? Her journey from feeling trapped and scared through to her gradual realization that beauty and wonder can be found anywhere (if you look hard enough) is one of the captivating themes of the book.I read it as part of a children’s literature module for a recently studied degree and I couldn’t put it down. Gradually, though, as Dad slowly recovers in hospital, October starts to adjust to her tamed city life, making friends with a boy in her class and discovering the semi-wildness that is mudlarking on the Thames. This book would serve well as a guided reading book for KS2, and would lead to many possible experiential learning activities, such as mudlarking, creating cross-curricular links to PSHE and science, as well as English.

Well I'm a cynical cow and it takes a lot to move me but whew, I shed a little tear at the end of this fabulous tale. She's the only one who can solve this mystery, and she'll need help from the only other member of the family with good instincts - Dave the dog.With the help of her family, and her friends, Mafalda needs to discover the things that will be important to her when her sight has failed.

So, even though this is the first of the Carnegie Medal Shortlist that I have read this year, I loved it and, yes, I believe it should win! October lives with her father deep in the woods; her mother, unable to cope with living ‘wild’, left when October was small and although she does try to keep in contact with her daughter, October doesn’t want to have anything to do with her mother. October, October is definitely one of the most atmospheric middle grade novels I have read in a while.Its incarceration in a cage in the rescue centre, and its subsequent release into the wild again is an obvious – perhaps slightly too obvious – echo of October’s own journey. Only one of them will inherit the family fortune and so a race is afoot to save the dwindling Petty-Squabble empire and win the love of their parents. This helps the world understand “wild” children just that little bit more and helps to break the barriers and the stigma.

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