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Emma's Stormy Summer [Kindle Edition]

Miranda Newboult
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It may be sunny but Emma’s perfect world seems to be unravelling in front of her. First her friend Becca started being horrible to EVERYONE and now Dad is ignoring her and acting weird.

Emma can’t help but worry that it is all her fault and as the storm clouds gather over her Dad she feels more and more guilty and responsible. If only she could get everything back to normal.

This summer she realises that growing up can be a rollercoaster and maybe, just maybe, she should relax and enjoy the ride.

A great book for 8-12 year olds.

Reviews

"There is lots of good description of the girls' families and all their activities, which makes the story come alive, and we really feel we know them and what they are like. There are amazing birthday parties and a village carnival to enjoy, and the food they eat is described in loving detail (a la Enid Blyton). ... This is a story that girls will enjoy particularly, and the problems encountered - the bullying and Emma's father's illness - are handled at a level that is good for younger readers. A good, involving read." www.healthybooks.org.uk

"A very British story that deals well with issues of change and uncertainty. Strong themes of family and friendship show that change can sometimes be for the better." Farthing Books

"The characters are realistic and the reader is drawn into the family life of the youngsters, making this book an enjoyable read." Parentsintouch


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Review

There is lots of good description of the girls' families and all their activities, which makes the story come alive, and we really feel we know them and what they are like. There are amazing birthday parties and a village carnival to enjoy, and the food they eat is described in loving detail (a la Enid Blyton). ... This is a story that girls will enjoy particularly, and the problems encountered - the bullying and Emma's father's illness - are handled at a level that is good for younger readers. A good, involving read. --www.healthybooks.org.uk

"The characters are realistic and the reader is drawn into the family life of the youngsters, making this book an enjoyable read." --Parentsintouch

"A very British story that deals well with issues of change and uncertainty. Strong themes of family and friendship show that change can sometimes be for the better." --Farthing Books

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1771 KB
  • Print Length: 161 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0956785204
  • Publisher: Tannbourne Limited (9 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005C1JY2C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #414,655 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Miranda Newboult grew up in East Sussex and now lives five miles from where she was born. She spent most of her childhood with her nose in a book but did manage to find time to go to school at Roedean and then do a degree in English and Related Literature at York University. She now works for Canterbury Christ Church University as a Consultant in Leadership and Management Development and spends the rest of her time looking after her young family and an ever-increasing number of animals. Emma's Stormy Summer is Miranda's first novel.


Miranda says:

"When I was growing up I read books all the time but never dreamed I would write one myself. Books were my escape rather than my reality. I was a child who enjoyed school and my most inspirational teachers were those that taught English and shared my passion for people who existed both on paper and in the imagination.

I am not a fussy reader, many different genres catch my attention, and when I start a book, I always finish it, totally immersed in the story. When I started to write, I experienced something similar. I was nagged and harassed by the story, only finding peace once I had committed the words to paper - I was being pestered to tell the tale. I hope I continue to be for a long time."


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read for girls aged 8-12 years 17 Sept. 2011
By S. A. Broadhurst VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I found this book to be one that I would recommend to children, as it covers many themes and issues which affect children in today's society. It is aimed at children aged 8-12 years and has been written to a high standard, discussing issues clearly and fully.

Emma is the main character and is a popular girl at school, with her own close friends, however one of her best friends appears to be ignoring her , Becca, and they have heard she is bullying younger children in the school. The friends are unsure what is going on and do not discuss their concerns with their parents or teachers, however, there is a further instance at school, and Becca is caught out, leading to her apologising in public and admitting the real reason her behaviour has changed.

Emma's father also appears to have many worries. Emma overhears, in a conversation between her parents, that he is about to loose his job when the bank he works out, closes down. Emma's father becomes depressed, not enjoying and joining in on the school sports day or family outings. However, the real extent to his illness become apparent to Emma until they are they are on their family holiday.

The book is a good read and I am sure children everywhere will enjoy it. Aimed at 8-12 year old girls, it is something that I could see a group of friends reading, each learning different from something but being a book that they could discuss together.

The main themes are friendship, depression in parents, friends moving to different schools and the camaraderie and community spirit with living in a small village. I would love to live somewhere where carnivals were a highlight on the summer calendar.

Thank you to the publishers, Tannbourne, for sending me the book to review. This was their first book which they published and I wish them good luck and success in the future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Summer Read For Young Girls 15 Aug. 2011
Format:Paperback
Children's or YA fiction is not a genre that I would usually read, however, after exchanging messages with Miranda's publisher, Tannbourne Ltd. who are themselves a newly formed company and have `Emma's Stormy Summer' as their first published book, they offered to send me a copy to read/review.

Not being one to ever turn down a book, I decided to use the exercise to ascertain just how much children's literature has moved on since I was a child, as never having had children of my own, I have not had to keep pace with this no doubt, evolving and changing market.

`Emma's Stormy Summer', is aimed at the 8-12 year age group and from talking with other bloggers I learned that, yes, little girls do still like to read `nice' books and having researched the marketplace came to the conclusion that Miranda is up there with her contemporaries in the genre, dealing as she does, with real life, important and difficult issues in her book, in a sympathetic and engaging way, without being at all patronising or over emotional.

Through Emma, Miranda weaves a story of contemporary family relationships, with their inherently poignant and touching moments, uplifting gentle moments, high drama and humour.

`Emma's Stormy Summer', has captured the joys, fears and uncertainties that surround young girls approaching adolescence, with all their social dynamics and strong themes of family and friendships, especially the special bond and relationship which exists between mother and daughter.

Issues are dealt with in a mature and adult way, with great honesty being the central linchpin of the whole book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emmas stormy summer 11 Nov. 2013
By phil
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Bought this book for my 9 year old grandaughter. She had stopped reading for a while and this got her back reading. She enjoyed it and read non stop.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh no! Only her first book! 27 Jan. 2014
By Joe
Format:Paperback
I've just logged into Amazon to order another Miranda N. book to find this is her first one! My nine year old daughter is enjoying it immensely. So much of the story rings true with some of the issues that she is currently going through at school - friend issues and generally the ups and downs of life, but written perfectly for the age group. I really hope that Miranda is busy penning another book as we speak and I will be checking regularly as I think her first book is a real hit :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emma's Stormy Summer. 2 July 2014
By By Maya
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Emma's Stormy Summer is a great book. I would definitely recommend it to people between the ages of 7+. I would also give it 5 stars!

I loved this book!
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