Friday 30 June 2017


My author pal JO COTTERILL has a brand new book out... she took time out to tell us all about it!

Jo says:
Last year I published my book A LIBRARY OF LEMONS, about a girl who lives an unusual life and makes a worrying discovery. This year I am publishing A STORM OF STRAWBERRIES about another girl who lives an unusual life and makes a worrying discovery! Darby is my heroine, and the story is told from her point of view, which was a real challenge for me as an author because Darby has Down's Syndrome.

Down's Syndrome is a genetic condition which means you develop differently. Some people with DS have problems with their heart, or their hearing, or their eyesight. It also means that their brains don't carry on developing at the same speed as other - so someone who is an adult with DS will be more like a child in the way they think.

Darby lives on a strawberry farm with her family: her mum, her sister (who she idolises), her stepdad and her stepbrother. She's looking forward to the annual chocolate egg hunt - but her sister has brought home a best friend, and suddenly everything is spoiled. Darby has to face some of her deepest fears - and in the meantime, a terrible storm means her family could lose everything.

A STORM OF STRAWBERRIES is about families, what love means, and seeing the world through someone else's eyes. I really hope you enjoy it!

Cathy says:
This book looks good enough to eat... and sounds like a powerful, heart-warming read too! It's shot straight to the top of my to-read list, and I think you'll like it too! Have YOU read a fab book recently? COMMENT BELOW to have your say!


  1. I loved a "A library of lemons " which I found whilst on holiday last year, so I will definitely look out for this one too. So glad I found out via dreamcatcher xx

  2. I've been looking forward for this book, I can't wait to read it! I tried to look for it in Waterstones the other day but it was not there yet.....I will ask my librarian. If it's anything like Library of Lemons, it will be an awesome read :)
    Another great book I've read recently is State of Grace by Rachael Lucas, so good!

  3. I read a Library of Lemons last year. The best book I've read recently was Every Day by David Levithan. i also enjoyed Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, and Beautiful Broken things by Sara Barnard. I would be happy to do some reviews for Dreamcatcher, Cathy!

  4. I've never heard or read this book
    Is it good and what is it about ?
    Love from Aaliyah xxx



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