The Girl in the Red Coat
Faber & Faber
February 24, 2015
Read from September 25 to October 16, 2016
Norfolk, England; USA
She is the missing girl. But she doesn't know she's lost. Carmel Wakeford becomes separated from her mother at a local children's festival, and is found by a man who claims to be her estranged grandfather. He tells her that her mother has had an accident and that she is to live with him for now. As days become weeks with her new family, 8-year-old Carmel realises that this man believes she has a special gift... While her mother desperately tries to find her, Carmel embarks on an extraordinary journey, one that will make her question who she is - and who she might become.
I have never read any of Kate’s work before but due to the ease of read that I experienced with this book I will read her other books in the future.
All the characters in this book are well written and believable. The little girl (Carmel) who’s the main character in the book is really lovable and is so well written that she’s believable and easy to connect with. I loved the fact that Carmel never believe that her mum was actually alive. Even though he took Carmel the man who kidnapped her he was actually underneath everything he was genuinely a caring person but had just got unintentionally pulled into something that was out of his control.
All the way through the book from the moment Carmel was taken as the reader I got the feeling that she would come back to her parents.
I can honestly say that as I enjoyed this book so much I will read it again in the future as well as actually buy a copy if it as well. With out reserve I can also say that I will read any of this authors work in the future because the writing was almost lyrical in places which added to the stories mystery/intrigue. The book is also one that I will both recommend to and buy for anyone who enjoys fiction in the mystery thriller genre as it fits in to the genre well.
R J Palacio
March 1, 2012
Read from September 25 to October 09, 2016
'My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.' Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren't stared at wherever they go. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all? WONDER is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.
This was an amazingly heartfelt thought provoking, laugh out loud and tear rendingly poignient piece of fiction which I thoroughly enjoyed from cover to cover so I am glad I finally read it because I ‘d been wanting to read it for a long time. I absolutely fell in love with Auggie who was the main character because he was so well written and his stealey determination and steadfastness were simply amazing. The way the author has split the book into different parts reflecting the main people in August’s Life is great as it allows you to learn about third part in the story as well as their feelings about August’s differences.
August is a young boy who’s face is deformed through a combination of a genetic condition he has and all the surgeries he’s had thanks to being born with a cleft lip/Palete. It explores the topics reactions that people have to him when they meet him how he and his family deal with this, family; friendship, love, honesty, respect and coping with change.
All the characters were really well written and believable which meant that they were easy to connect with my favorite characters were Auggie for his strength and determination and his sister Via who was really strong with a no bullshit attitude. I loved how close Auggie and Via were as well as how unconditionally she loves and how she’s his strongest supporter. I really didn’t like Julian one of the boys from School mainly for the fact that he clearly takes an immediate dislike/fear of Auggie to the point of trying to turn the rest of the year against him, but I loved it when it ended up that they all turned against him instead.
On Goodreads this book is listed as a YA contemporary realistic fiction and I really does fit well into these genres.
This is a book that without doubt I will read again. I loved this book and would recommend it to or buy it for anyone who enjoys YA contemporary books with a realistic fiction basis.