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The Amazing Edie Eckhart: Book 1

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This book beautifully brings to life the difficulties young people feel about fitting in and negotiating friendships as they start a new chapter in their life. I purchased this book as a gift for my friend's ten year old daughter and as a fan of Rosie's comedy couldn't resist having a sneaky read. The Deepest Breath follows eleven-year-old Stevie, a girl who is starting to explore her feelings for another girl in her class. She negotiates her way through failed dates with boys who would be better as friends, eating sausage rolls, and learning her lines.

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She also has cerebral palsy which makes her a little wobbly, more likely to fall over, and a little slower at talking. She can't wait to start secondary school with her best friend Oscar and share sausage rolls with him at breaktime.However, the emphasis on disability, though pronounced, is carefully restrained from blocking out other aspects of the schoolchildren’s lives.

The Amazing Edie Eckhart by Rosie Jones, Natalie Smillie The Amazing Edie Eckhart by Rosie Jones, Natalie Smillie

Characters: Edie is positive and bold, but still has to go through struggles of school, friends, boyfriends and daily disability struggles. It's a part of the story for obvious reasons but the story is mainly concerned with the usual sort of stuff. I loved seeing her embrace her role in the musical and see her try to get through the lines (so many of those). The Amazing Edie Eckhart is a fantastic middle-grade story about Edie, who is just starting out at secondary school.Feeling dejected, Edie throws herself into the school play, where she lands herself a leading role, and begins to develop some very special relationships of her own. She muses: 'when Thor was stripped of his power and banished to Earth by Odin, did he mope around and throw his hammer out of the pram? A delicate exploration of teen sexuality and the difficulties of growing up by the inimitable Jacqueline Wilson.

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