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A painting of a girl and boy standing with their backs to us on top of a grassy hill.

by Siobhan Dowd
illustrated by Emma Shoard


'"Don't go digging up troubles," his mam called as he set off. "You and your da, you're the one pair. Digging up troubles like bad old potatoes"'. So begins this well-researched coming-of age narrative about Jim, a young traveller boy recently arrived in Dundray and the challenges he faces starting at the local 'Buffer' (non-Traveller) secondary school- including the challenge of not being able to read. Along the way, he forms a relationship with Kit who has her own painful struggles both at home and school. A wonderful, ultimately uplifting story about empathy and friendship triumphing over cruelty and prejudice. Dowd's 2004 short story is revived and recast with Shoard's atmospheric ink-and-wash illustrations which blend colours together in smudges cut across by sharp lines. 'A strongly truthful account of the conflict that arises from the deeply held prejudices within our society- in this case between 'travelling' and the 'house-based' population' (Eileen, Former Primary Teacher, LL rviewer). 'It's lovely to see The Pavee and the Buffer Girl make a reappearance, especially in these febrile times when we could all do with reminding to look for humanity in others instead of shutting them out' (The Book Bag 2018). Longlisted for the 2018 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal. By an award-winning author firmly rooted in an ethos of human rights and empathy who also had friendship circles within Traveller communities. Age 11+, Paperback 101pp


Themes: Bullying


SKU: 2900
£12.99 Regular Price
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