by Robert Shaw
Mickey is a regular guy teenage guy with a more or less regular family and regular friends. He also has regular school and girlfriend problems. But all changes when the girl of his dreams starts at his school. Lian is from China, with an unusual family, an unusual background, a stutter and… special skills. The moment Mickey and Lian meet, life changes.
It’s a book about a group of teenagers, living their daily lives in school, their teacher and their families.
It’s a book about bullying, the strong bullying the weaker. Not only students, but also teachers, get involved in the life long struggle against bullying.
But it’s also about friendship and love. Unconditional love, no matter size, disability or background.
It’s a book about fear. Fear about the future, fear of not being loved by friend and families. About feeling the need to, if not be the best than, at least be the worst.
But it’s also about courage. Courage to fight back, even if you know you’re not strong enough. Courage to believe in yourself and stand up for your beliefs. Courage to help others, even if you might get into trouble yourself.
It’s about strength, both physical and mental strength. The strength you gain by friends and family and trust in yourself.
It’s a great teenage book being an eye opener to all, to not judge a book by the cover.
A slow start, but once the action starts, you don’t want to stop reading!
European League of Stuttering Associations, ELSA