The stunning debut novel from DUBRAYS No.1 Bestseller and SUNDAY TIMES Children's Book of the Week Winner Sarah Moore Fitzgerald. Partnered with ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCH this is a compassionate, humorous and moving story which tackles some big questions.
'The ghosts in your life don't ever really go away. Every so often they will whisper to you ...
Don't worry about it too much.'
When Cosmo keeps his promise to his granddad to go to Blackbrick, he finds himself in the forgotten corner of a distant past, one that his granddad has, strangely, never really talked about. Here friendships come to life, there are new beginnings, a lifetime of memories and everything is still possible...
An extraordinary debut novel with a fantastic voice perfect for fans of Annabel Pitcher and Siobhan Dowd.
With Cosmo's mother off in Australia, he's living with his grandparents, and although that might sound depressing all "ticking clocks and hot chocolate and radio quizzes" Cosmo is enjoying himself. However, his grandfather's memory is worsening (for one thing, he keeps forgetting that Cosmo's brother is dead), and there's talk of sending him to a nursing home and having Cosmo live with his uncle. Then Cosmo's grandfather hands him the key to Blackbrick Abbey; when Cosmo opens the gate, he meets the abbey's stable boy none other than his grandfather, at age 16. Though Cosmo is thrilled to meet him, the past is more complicated than he expects. Older readers will see some of the plot twists coming, but debut author Fitzgerald adeptly conveys Cosmo's love for his grandfather and his fury at the way arrangements are being made all around him; Cosmo's distinctively Irish speech is another strong point. Watching Cosmo learn what can and can't be fixed makes for a strong story that's less about time travel than about love and memory. Ages 10 14.