LONGLISTED FOR THE CARNEGIE MEDAL
An achingly funny, touching story for anyone who has been thrown in at the deep end.
‘Smart and funny. It will tug at your heartstrings’ Dawn O’Porter
It's 1979, and thirteen-year-old Lydia has no idea how she'll cope when her dad announces that the family has to sell up and move onto a Thames sailing barge in Essex. With his girlfriend. And her three kids.
Between trying to keep her clothes dry in a leaky cabin, disastrous hair-dye attempts, awkward encounters with local boys, and coping with her suddenly enormous and troublesome family, Lydia fears she'll sink rather than swim . . .
At turns heartbreaking and uplifting, through Lydia's innocent and perceptive voice we find out that while the mud may stick, the tide can turn - and in unexpected and joyful ways.
Perfect for fans of Louise Rennison, Hilary McKay and Rae Earl
"Smart and funny. It will tug at your heartstrings"
"This delectable novel... Historically evocative and full of amusing thoughts, it scoots along with wind in its sails."
"This original and tender comic novel is an apparent contradiction: a hugely funny story about grief, parental alcoholism and loneliness"
"Touching, warm, heart breaking and hilarious."
"...poignant yet funny novel"