Binny by Hilary McKay

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A past winner of the Whitbread and the Guardian children's fiction prize, McKay plays to her strengths in this nourishing and tremendously entertaining novel: she uses a small canvas and observes closely; her voice is warm, wise and witty...
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Binny's life has been difficult since her father died and her dreadful old Aunt Violet disposed of her beloved dog, Max. Her world changed then, to a city flat with not enough space for her Mum, her big sister Clem and her small brother James. Definitely no room for a pet. Then one day Aunt Violet dies, leaving a small cottage in Cornwall to Binny and her family. Binny finds herself in a new world once more, full of sunshine and freedom and Gareth, the enemy-next-door and the ideal companion for dangerous dares. But Max is still lost in the past, and it seems impossible that she'll ever find him again...
 

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Hilary McKay won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize with her first novel, The Exiles. Her subsequent work has achieved recognition: The Exiles at Home won the Smarties Prize, whilst Saffy's Angel, the first in the Casson Family series, won the Whitbread Award, for which the third book, Permanent Rose, was also shortlisted.
 
Published February 7, 2013 by Hachette Children's. 305 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Linda Buckley-Archer on Mar 01 2013

A past winner of the Whitbread and the Guardian children's fiction prize, McKay plays to her strengths in this nourishing and tremendously entertaining novel: she uses a small canvas and observes closely; her voice is warm, wise and witty...

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