Some of the messages that came to me through its reading (and I promise not to give the story away as I want you to read it too!) were:
- the difficulties that some young people may have with their peer relationships when their home circumstances are so different to those of their friends.
- the beautiful love of a mother for her son expressed in ways that may not be easy to understand until much later.
- the way a young person might be treated as 'different' by their teachers and how this can make a person more vulnerable than they already were.
- the way in which young people might keep their feelings hidden - feelings that need to be discussed so that misinterpretations are avoided.
- the way that anger is expressed and then perceived by others, but that the anger is about something totally different to what it has been directed to.
- the need for all of us to talk to our children about loss, bereavement, death.....
Kate has invited me to go along to one of her sessions where she uses the book as an educational tool. I look forward to being inspired again.