Ice Cream Boy

Lindsay Littleson

Not yet published - due 21 May 2024

Quick Look

  • A moving and gently funny middle-grade novel from the Carnegie-nominated author of Guardians of the Wild Unicorns
  • Sensitively explores the subject of dementia for 9-12-year-olds
  • Fast-talking joker Luca is often in trouble at school, but is determined to save his family's Glasgow ice cream shop
  • Centres a non-traditional intergenerational family structure
  • Features diverse, believable young characters faced with contemporary issues including racism, family upheaval and financial insecurity

Luca thinks his future is set, running his family's ice cream cafe. But when the business might close and his gran begins struggling with dementia, Luca feels increasingly lost. A heartwarming story of family, resilience and hope.

Floris Books
Age Range:
From 9 to 12 years
224 pages
Publication date:
21 May 2024


Twelve-year-old Luca Verani has his future all mapped out: who needs school when he's going to take over his family's ice cream cafe? But then his aunt announces she's selling the struggling business and Luca realises that his nonna's memory is disappearing. Plus, he's starting high school and one of his best friends Sitara is being targeted by racist bullies. As Luca's worries pile up, will his dreams melt away?

Ice Cream Boy is a heart-warming novel from Lindsay Littleson, author of Carnegie-nominated Guardians of the Wild Unicorns. Full of authentic dialogue, gentle humour and true-to-life characters, this engaging middle-grade novel explores the thoughts and feelings of children affected by dementia.


Lindsay Littleson is an award-winning middle-grade author from Glasgow, Scotland. Her books include Carnegie-nominated Guardians of the Wild Unicorns, The Secrets of the Last Merfolk and Kelpies Prize-winning The Mixed-Up Summer of Lily McLean, which was also longlisted for the Waterstones Children's Books Prize. Inspired by many happy years as a primary teacher, Lindsay's books have been praised for their believable characters and authentic dialogue. She currently lives in Renfrewshire, Scotland.

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