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It’s 1987, and Ira and Zac are being uprooted to Skilly House, a children’s home. It’s tough being a care kid, and Ira reckons that if life doesn’t get better (or at least more interesting) she’s going to start inventing witches and castles and stuff like that. But as it turns out, she doesn’t have to. Life gets exciting all by itself… Set against a turbulent 1980s background of social upheaval and poll tax riots, this is a sad yet hopeful tale of growing up and learning to believe in yourself.

  • A memorable and moving debut from a stellar new talent
  • A tale of growing up, making friends and finding a home
  • Published to huge acclaim from critics and the public
  • Ideal for fans of Jacqueline Wilson and Elizabeth Laird

“This remarkable debut novel reads as if written by an experienced children’s author at the height of her powers.” Sunday Times

A truly, truly, truly lovely story…. Uplifting and heartwarming without ever being twee.” Bookbag

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Nosy Crow Ltd

Date published

May 5th, 2016

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.7; Middle years; 6.0 points

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  • 208 pages


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