Book Review – A Kind Of Spark – Elle McNicoll

Winner of the Blue Peter Prize for Best Story 2021. A Kind of Spark tells the story of 11-year-old Addie as she fights for a memorial in remembrance of the witch trials that happened in her Scottish hometown. Addie is certain there’s more to the story of these ‘witches’, exactly like there is more to hers.

Can Addie change how the community in her town see her, and make her voice heard? A story about closeness, bravery and self-belief, perfect for those who enjoyed The Goldfish Boy, Addie’s story was born from Elle’s own encounters of neurodiversity and her dedication to seeing greater representation in children’s books.

Wonderfully judged and sprinkled with wit and empathy, A Kind of Spark is truly an encouraging read.

“Definitive and funny.” – Susin Nielsen, Author

“A fabulous, brilliant debut.” – Lisa Thompson, Author

“This book fizzes with intelligence, humour, and empathy.” – Kathie Stevens, Waterstones Reviewer

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