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Nyr: Secret Friends Elizabeth Laird, Jason Cockroft

Hodder Children's Books
Paperback / softback 96 pages

197 x 130 x 9mm
23rd Apr 1997
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Interest age: from c 5 years
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A book about real dilemmas that children face every day - full of warmth and by an award-winning author."It's crazy, starting at a new school. For days you feel so new and lost it's as if you've wandered into a foreign country where you can't speak the language."This haunting story about Rafaella, the new girl at school who finds making friends hard, is a stunning piece of writing. With her strange name and sticking out ears she's different from the rest. Lucy is the first to tease, the first to call her 'Earwig'. Until a secret friendship starts, full of warmth and mystery.Beautifully illustrated throughout by Jason Cockcroft, this is a modern classic by the winner of the Children's Book Award.'A humane and honest story. It conveys so much, so simply and so well.' The Scotsman'... a fine weepy with a moral, about the dangers of playground cliquishness and cruelty.' The Sunday Times


Elizabeth Laird's family is Scottish but she was born in New Zealand and grew up in Surrey. After studying languages at Bristol & Edinburgh Universities, she worked in Ethiopia and India where she met her husband, David McDowall, a writer on Middle Eastern affairs. They have two children.

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