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Taken in by Siringen after the deaths of her parents, she is emotionally lost, and while he provides her with the necessities of life as he sees them – shelter, food etc – he does not appear to be particularly paternal in the way that he treats her. There is magic and power in storytelling and this story has been imbued with its own unique magic that makes it a truly special book, an exceptional story that deserves to be read by both children and adults alike. She grew up without shoes, toys or technology and instead she spent a lot of time in the sea, swimming and in canoes. The BBC Radio 2 Book Club announced on 24 January that its new home is on the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show.

It is beautifully written but always accessible, with a vivid sense of place and engaging characters. These ones are probably like a grandmother in the west country passing down a secret recipe for rowanberry jelly or marigold soap. It fits the MG age range perfectly but there is much to discuss here and I'm sure adults will enjoy reading this narrative just as much as middle graders. Maple is initially rude and hostile, but with patience and compassion, Blue Wing discovers the cause of her unhappiness and, realising they have much in common, the girls form an affectionate, sisterly bond.Both Blue Wing and Siringen have a wonderful affinity with the world they live in, respecting the natural environment and reluctant to let the modern world encroach on their idyll. This book tells the story of Blue Wing and Maple, a native and new comer to the small island where Blue Wing has lived all her life. This book is a beautiful story based in Papua New Guinea and tells the tale of young girl, Blue Wing, navigating the world after the loss of her parents.

It took me quite a long time to realise that the Mr Smith who liked apples was the very person before my eyes!However, Blue Wing and Maple soon learn the importance of friendship, forgiveness and learning to live with grief in this beautiful and moving story.

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