The Song From Somewhere Else by A.F. Harrold & Levi Pinfold (Illustrator)

29785301Frank doesn’t know how to feel when Nick Underbridge rescues her from bullies one afternoon. No one likes Nick. He’s big, he’s weird and he smells – or so everyone in Frank’s class thinks.

And yet, there’s something nice about Nick’s house. There’s strange music playing there, and it feels light and good and makes Frank feel happy for the first time in forever.

But there’s more to Nick, and to his house, than meets the eye, and soon Frank realises she isn’t the only one keeping secrets. Or the only one who needs help…

How did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Previously reviewed: The Imaginary

Review: A F Harrold weaves a beautiful tale. There is mystery, friendship and love.

The Song From Somewhere Else portrays bullying in a way that I think would bring a lot of understanding to readers. If you’ve been (or are being) bullied that Frank will be someone who you sympathise with, I saw so much of my school years reflected in her that it was quite eerie, but also really good because I think if you’ve been there you’d find sympathy in this story. For those readers who aren’t in Frank’s shoes or know somebody like her and don’t understand why that person isn’t ‘speaking up’, The Song From Somewhere Else reminds you that bullying is so complicated.

Nick and Frank’s friendship isn’t instant. Frank goes to his house because of the mysterious music, not because of Nick. As she gets to know him it becomes a real friendship, one that can stand up to a lot. Then there is the revelation to the secret of the music, a talking cat and of course beautiful artwork that accompanies this story.

All of it makes The Song From Somewhere Else a highly recommendable book.

Recommend it?

Absolutely

Expected publication:
10 November 2016 by Bloomsbury Children’s Books

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