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CHILDREN'S book of the week.

A LIBRARY OF LEMONS JO COTTERILL, PICCADILLY, PS5.99 THIS is an emotional rollercoaster of a story - it deals with grief, friendship and the agony of not facing up to the reality of losing the person you love.

Calypso's mum died when she was young, so it's just her and her dad. Emotionally detached, dad refuses to speak about the woman he loved and urges his young daughter to find her inner strength. People like them don't need other people to get on with their lives, he says.

As a result, Calypso tends to find company in her books. It's where she's happy, but she doesn't realise that happiness can come from other people.

When Mae joins the school, Calypso is drawn to her and they become close friends. It's only when Calypso goes to her new friend's home that she realises what a "normal" family is like.

It's not long before Calypso discovers that her father's fragile mental state is cracking; his facade is crumbling away. But who can he turn to for help? And who will help Calypso get through this tough time? It's poignant, moving and incredibly well thought out. Calypso, who narrates the story, is resilient, mature and wants to do all she can to keep her family together.

These are big themes for young readers, but Cotterill manages them brilliantly and readers will easily be able to relate to the characters.

By Jayne Howarth

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 25, 2016
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