Twelve-year-old Anna is looking forward to the birth of her baby brother. Ben arrives, but is disabled and will never be like other children. Anna loves him with her whole heart but she finds herself unable to admit the truth of Ben's condition to her school friends. Eventually the truth gets out and leads not to the ridicule Anna expected, but sympathy and understanding.
Elizabeth Laird was born in New Zealand and always had a burning ambition to travel. She has spent much time abroad in places such as Malaysia, Lebanon, Austria and Ethiopia but now lives with her husband, who is also an author, on the edge of Richmond Park.
Elizabeth says that she feels immensely privileged to be able to earn her living as a writer. She cherishes the freedom of working on her own thing in her own time. She also loves the unexpectedness of writing. She never knows where inspiration will strike next or where it will lead her.
She has written many stories for children, and had a great many of nominations for awards, including being shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal three times. She has also won the Children's Book Award and the Smarties Young Judges Award.