After Iris by Natasha Farrant

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Ultimately, loyalty, forgiveness and love reunite them, and the closing scene is lovely: The camera is turned on Blue, and readers see her laughing. An uplifting, memorable read.
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An unforgettable middle-grade debut that will steal your heart

Blue Gadsby’s twin sister, Iris, died three years ago and her family has never been the same. Her histrionic older sister, Flora, changes her hair color daily; her younger siblings, Jasmine and Twig, are completely obsessed with their pet rats; and both of her parents spend weeks away from home–and each other. Enter Zoran the Bosnian male au pair and Joss the troublemaking boy next door, and life for the Gadsby family takes a turn for the even more chaotic. Blue poignantly captures her family’s trials and tribulations from fragmented to fully dysfunctional to ultimately reunited, in a sequence of film transcripts and diary entries that will make you cry, laugh, and give thanks for the gift of families.

With the charm of The Penderwicks and the poignancy of When You Reach Me, Natasha Farrant's After Iris is a story that will stay with readers long after the last page.

 

About Natasha Farrant

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Natasha Farrant grew up in the heart of London's French community, and currently combines writing with her career as a Literary Scout. She is the author of two successful novels for adults, Diving into Light and Some Other Eden, both published by Transworld.She lives in West London with her husband, two daughters and a large tortoiseshell cat.The Things We Did For Love is her first novel for young adults.
 
Published July 11, 2013 by Puffin Books. 274 pages
Genres: Children's Books.
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Reviewed by EMMA BROCKES on Jul 12 2013

Her recovery over the course of the novel is a study in the challenges of growing up and in the raucously funny habits of a family of eccentrics. It’s to Farrant’s credit that at the end, you watch them pull together and cheer for their victory.

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Reviewed by SF Said on Aug 02 2013

...it is impossible to know how well such cultural and technological references will date. But right now, they are refreshing to see, and are key to how Farrant injects new life into an old form.

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on May 01 2013

Ultimately, loyalty, forgiveness and love reunite them, and the closing scene is lovely: The camera is turned on Blue, and readers see her laughing. An uplifting, memorable read.

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