Sick Bay, by Nova Weetman, was on my radar after it kept popping up on my social media feeds with rave reviews. I must confess, I had never read any of Nova's works before, mostly because her books were always on loan from the library. When I read the synopsis of the story, I knew it was a must-read. What a great pretext to bring together two unlikely characters, in a very unglamorous setting.
This book was selected for our first-ever Y6/Significant Other book club, and it was a perfect choice. Nova has an uncanny ability to scratch beneath the surface of the mind of a Year 6 girl, effortlessly uncovering what makes her tick and her perceptions of the world.
This book was a delight to read. Unlike many children's novels which seem to remove the parents to see how a child survives, the parents in Sick Bay play a crucial role throughout the story, and also demonstrate that growth and resilience can develop at any age.
Congratulations to Nova for crafting together such a beautiful, moving and thought-provoking novel. It is a beautiful vehicle to explore empathy, friendship, courage and the concept of what it is to be 'normal'.
Please find here an assorted mix of what I tend to read - new books, old books, birthday gifts, gifts to myself, books from my to-be-read pile, Book Group books, fiction, non-fiction, memoirs - basically a weird assortment of goodies!
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