This is book review number 10 in my #52booksby52publishers 2017 reading challenge!
This time the publisher is:
Floris Books is an independent publishing company based in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Saltire Society Scottish Publisher of the Year 2016
What do we publish?
Floris publish books in two main areas: non-fiction for adults, and books for children. Within our non-fiction list, we focus on quality books which look at the world a little differently. Our books cover all aspects of holistic and alternative living, including Steiner-Waldorf education, biodynamics and organics, holistic health, philosophy of the natural world, mind body spirit, parenting and child health, philosophy of human life and religion & spirituality.
We’re also the largest children’s book publisher in Scotland. We publish board and picture books for 0-7 year olds, including international stories in translation and nostalgic classics from illustrators such as Elsa Beskow, as well as the Picture Kelpies range of Scottish picture books; story books and anthologies for 6-10 year olds; and the Kelpies, a much-loved range of Scottish children’s fiction for 1-15 year olds. We also publish a wide range of craft and activity books suitable for children and adults of all ages.
The book I will be reviewing is:
Telling people you hear voices doesn’t win you many friends. Especially when you’re starting high school. Especially when everyone thinks you’re just like your troublemaking big sister.
Lily’s hoping to put all the madness of the previous summer behind her but with serious friend dramas, nasty rumours and a big sister who might end up in jail, the last thing Lily wants is to start up that weird psychic stuff again. But it might be her only hope…
Spend the autumn with Lily in this beautifully written, laugh-out-loud sequel to Waterstones Children’s Book Prize longlister The Mixed-Up Summer of Lily McLean by Kelpies Prize winner Lindsay Littleson.
I loved reading this book. It made me wish I was a young teenager all over again.
The story has a good balance of light-heartedness, which is good for a children’s/young adult book, and seriousness and light peril which helps drive the story along. Lily’s insecurities will be very relatable to young people and I think that’s important.
Lily has a fierce love for her family and you can tell that she feels a certain responsibility for them, even her older sister who seems to be falling into the wrong crowd. Add that to the fact that she doesn’t completely understand herself, and you can see why Lily’s life is confusing at best.
Lily’s mother is an interesting person. She’s hard working and in survival mode, and I get the sense that she’s struggling quite a lot emotionally, inside, and that Lily understands it to a certain degree. I don’t think she understands, though, how neglectful her mother’s problems are making her become, unintentionally. It would be interesting to see how Lily’s mother’s story develops over the series.
The little injection of magic/paranormal brings the story to life – Lily is convinced she’s psychic, although she sometimes doubts herself, and these books are about trying to understand herself while also trying to save the people around her.
The book is also about trying to understand other people and why bad people might do what they do, including mean children and evil adults. That’s very clever in a children’s book and that’s why I think the book is so educational. All of this stuff is very well balanced with everyday, normal concerns of a teenager and school life, so kids will be able to see a bit of themselves in her.
The story is very entertaining, very accessible and well written. A great book for kids and actually adults alike.
It’s worth noting that this is the second book in the Lily McLean series, so if you want to read it or buy it for your son or daughter, I’d recommend buying them both so that they can learn about Lily’s story from the beginning.