Synopsis: Dallas’s life was turned upside down the day her mum was killed in a traffic accident. Now she lives with her brothers, step-sister and her mum’s partner Gemma in a too-small house filled with bickering and grief. As the end of primary school approaches, Dallas learns that the local library has run out of funding and will soon be closing. Dallas decides she cannot let another thing she loves be lost. Together with her friends Aiza and Ruby, and her freewheeling American aunt Jessi, she starts a campaign to save the library for everyone.

A beautifully told tale about family, grief and growing up.

Release Date: 4th July 2019

Format Read: Ebook

Genres: Coming of Age, Teen, Family, Feminism, Middle Grade

Pages: 272

Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Children’s for the earc to read and review.

Review: This story was honestly beautiful, one of the main premises of the story was grief and dealing with loss. I love the way that it was handled and written, showcasing that everyone reacts, feels and grieves differently. I chocked up a couple times reading some of those scenes being in the mind of Dallas and her feelings. 

The bigger part of the storyline was following Dallas as she tried to save the local library from being shut down, with help from her friends, teachers, family she becomes an activist thinking up new plans and finding ways of doing all she can to ensure that it doesn’t get shut down. 

I really loved that the two main storylines really connected with that her mother was an activist too, so it was really cute that she followed in her own mommas footsteps naturally. She made so many choices throughout the book and seemed to grow and became more mature as the story progressed. 

I’m so happy that I got given this book to review the storyline of it was handled so well and it was fun getting to root for the library whilst reading never knowing what they were going to do next. 

There were some downsides for me such as the girls being bullies, Aiza being very bratty and then some grammatical errors that bugged me but didn’t ruin the story for me.


Where to buy: Amazon UK, Wordery, Book Depository, Waterstones


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