A Storm of Strawberries
by Jo Cotterill
12-year-old Darby lives a seemingly idyllic life on a strawberry farm with her mum, step dad, sister and step brother. This weekend is the annual chocolate hunt, an absolute highlight on Darby's calendar. But a tornado is brewing... one which threatens not only the precious strawberry crop, but risks spilling over into very different tensions within the family as secrets become exposed. Taking place over the course of a single weekend, this is a fresh, warm and quite wonderful coming-of-age story which gives the narrative voice over entirely to Darby -who has Down's syndrome- who also, ultimately, provides the family's moral compass. (nb: The story of Darby's sister's coming out is beautifully and realistically handled). As one of our reviewers said, 'This book deserves a prize' (Sylvia, Children's Social Work Director, LL reviewer). Age 9-12, Paperback 226pp
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