The Light in Everything by Katya Balen



An amazing story about a boy who finds his voice and a storm cloud of a girl – whirling and destroying everything in her path. But they both have one thing in common; they are both missing a parent. Will they be torn apart or brought together by this? I recommend this for people aged 11-13. By: Ellie (aged 12). Rating: 4.5/5.

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From the author of October, October, shortlisted for the 2022 CILIP Carnegie Medal, comes a life-affirming story about blended families and learning to find room in your heart for new life and new love. Tom is still quiet and timid, even though his dad has been gone for nearly two years now. Zofia is the opposite. Inside her there’s a raging storm that makes her want to fight the whole world until she gets what she wants. And what she wants is for scaredy-cat Tom to get out of her life. Tom hates loud, unpredictable Zofia just as much, but he’s moving into Zofia’s house. Because his mum and Zofia’s dad are in love … and they’re having a baby. Tom and Zofia both wish the stupid baby had never happened. But then Tom’s mum gets ill, and it begins to look horribly like their wish might come true … A story of learning to trust, trying to let go and diving into the unknown with hope in your heart, with a stunning cover illustrated by CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal winner Sydney Smith.