An accomplished, touching debut featuring moving insights into the mind of a sensitive teenage boy. Johnston takes readers on a rich emotional journey in this contemporary YA tale??? she masterfully conveys both the inner angst and deflective banter of a struggling adolescent boy, which is by turns humorous and heartbreaking. KIRKUS REVIEWS
What a lovely book this is! Julia Johnston has written a sweet, sad, funny, honest story of Oliver, his family and friends??? tender and heart-breaking. Johnston has a wonderful insight into the heart, mind and feelings of a 15 year old boy. WRITERS’ DIGEST
“The day it all began, it felt like lightning had hit our house…”
Ollie is drowning. No one notices.
Oliver Campbell, fourteen, fanciful and funny in equal measure, struggles to unravel the knots of emotion when his little sister, Lily, falls gravely ill with a mysterious disease. Irritating and puzzling to his two older half-brothers, neglected by his self-absorbed mum and dad, and unfalleninlovewith by Poppy Teasdale, he longs to be something more than invisible.
Quirky Kamal doesn???t think it???s weird that Ollie, his best friend, is fascinated by words and plants; he knows what it???s like to be different and to be bullied; he coaches him on love, and how to clinch his dream-girl; he tickles him with his high-falutin language and aspirations; he impresses him with his fortitude despite a tragic past; he is there when his life takes a terrible turn; he is loyal to the end.
Ollie???s two special people throw him life jackets, but will they be enough to save him?