The Year of Big Dreams

by Karen McCombie (author) (UK edition)

Suitable for 9 - 11 years

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Product description

Bestselling author Karen McCombie returns with a brilliant story of TV stardom, fame and standing by your real friends.

Flo Brown is seeing a fairytale unfold in front of her eyes. She’s watching the Big Dreams talent show with millions of other viewers. But it’s especially exciting for her, because it’s her mum up there on the stage! When Queenie comes out of the wings, everyone is waiting for the nation’s favourite to give another spine-tingling performance. Meanwhile, Flo is holding her breath for the moment when their lives will change forever. And change certainly is around the corner for Flo and Queenie. But not in a way either of them expected…

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Date published

June 3rd, 2013

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 6.1; Middle years; 7.0 points

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  • 320 pages


UK edition


Karen McCombie

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  1. Hayley 113303

    on 2 November 2014

    I like this book because Flo has a mother who has a sweet voice and enters a show called Big Dreams. Soon everyone starts to like her and she becomes the star of the show. Soon the cameras start taking pictures of every where they go.

    5out of 5
  2. Avatar owl 761790

    on 7 March 2014

    I really like this book because Flo’s family is not that well off and if her mom wins it would mean lots of cash for them but they find out they dont need money to be happy.

  3. Giraffe zebra 113509

    on 5 March 2014

    I loved reading this book – I never got bored ;)

    5out of 5
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    on 17 October 2013

    I quite enjoyed reading The Year of Big Dreams . i loved it

  5. Default avatar

    on 8 October 2013

    I quite enjoyed reading The Year of Big Dreams because it was kind of weird compared to the usual storylines. It was unique as instead of the young teenager getting all the “fame and glory” in the story, this time it was in fact her mother which surprised me greatly. I enjoyed reading the book from start to finish and it had many twists and turns. I think Karen McCombie has wrote an amazing book and I would recommend this book to absolutely everyone. My favourite character is actually Flo’s grandma, Olive, because she comes across as a sassy but caring grandmother who will always be there behind you, supporting you in every decision you take in your life. My least favourite characters are Polly and Heidi because in some parts of the book, they come across as nice, and caring but usually they come across as mean and selfish especially when they look down on Flo for not being as rich as them. Overall, this book was intriguing and I absolutely adored reading it. My rating is 10 for this book!

    Safa, aged 14

    5out of 5