The Boy with the Butterfly Mind

Victoria Williamson

Price:
£7.99
Availability:
Not yet published - due 12 Sep 2019

Quick Look

  • A moving and uplifting story from Victoria Williamson, author of the critically acclaimed The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle
  • An honest and positive depiction of a teenager living with ADHD
  • An inspiring story of acceptance, blended families, and discovering that in the end, being yourself is more than enough
  • “Williamson movingly makes it clear that working-class solidarity traverses borders, race, ethnicity, and religion.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle

Jamie just wants to be normal, but his ADHD doesn't make it easy. Elin just wants to be perfect, so that her dad will come back to live with her. When their two families blend, sparks fly. But perhaps there's no such thing as normal after all…

Publisher:
Floris Books
Subject:
Kelpies
Age Range:
From 10 to 12 years
Extent:
264 pages
ISBN:
9781782506201
Publication date:
12 Sep 2019
Series:
Kelpies

Description

Jamie Lee just wants to be normal but his ADHD isn't making it easy. If only he could control his butterfly mind then he'd have friends, be able to keep out of trouble, live with his mum and not be sent to stay with his dad.

Elin Watts just wants to be perfect. If she could be the best student and daughter possible, then maybe her dad would leave his new family and come back to Glasgow to live with Elin and her mum, happily ever after.

When Jamie and Elin's families blend, the polar opposites of chaotic Jamie and ordered Elin collide. As their lives spiral out of control, Jamie and Elin discover that they're actually more alike than they'd admit. Maybe there's no such thing as normal, or perfect. And perhaps, just like families, happy-ever-afters come in all shapes and sizes.

Uplifting and moving, The Boy with the Butterfly Mind is an inspiring story of acceptance, blended families, and discovering that in the end, being yourself is more than enough.

Reviews

'My heart broke and soared by turns in this inspiring story of two kids who seem to have nothing in common but a desperate desire for their family to be whole.'
-- Shari Green, author of ALA Schneider Award-winner Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess

'What a masterclass in empathy. This book gave me such a terrific insight into how ADHD affects a young boy and those around him. It is a great reminder that we shouldn't automatically judge others. I was rooting for Jamie and Elin!'
-- Lisa Thomson, author of Ostrich Boy

'Moving. Powerful. Relevant. Contemporary storytelling at its very best. Another triumph from Victoria Williamson tackling important issues relevant to kids in a powerful and moving way.'
-- Juliette Forrest, author of Twister

'Truly sensational. Told through two voices & suffused with real heart; empathy & emotionally-invested storytelling at its best that has so much to teach today’s children. My heart genuinely aches. A must, must, must read.'
-- Scott Evans, The Reader Teacher blog

'Fantastic to have a book about ADHD and by such a sensitive writer. So helpful for empathy, understanding and identity. Everyone needs to see themselves in books.'
-- Chloe Daykin, author of Fish Boy

Praise for The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle:

'A touching, thought-provoking adventure.'
-- The Bookseller

'Williamson movingly makes it clear that working-class solidarity traverses borders, race, ethnicity and religion.'
-- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

'Relevant, moving and quite extraordinary.'
-- Lucy Coats

Author

Victoria Williamson is a primary school teacher with a Master's degree in special needs education. Her first novel, the USBBY-honoured The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle is included in the 2019 Read for Empathy collection and has been longlisted for the Branford Boase Award.

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