Bad Hair Days: A mystery for children and young teens aged 10 - 14 Paperback – 4 Sep 2017
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About the Author
J M Forster writes for children and young teens. She lives in Gloucestershire, UK with her husband, two lovely sons and Frodo, the Australian labradoodle. Bad Hair Days is her second book. Her first book, Shadow Jumper, was GOLD Award winner of The Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2014.
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A mystery (someone knows Mallow's 'secret' but who?) but, for me, firstly a foremostly, a novel of discovery, of coming to terms with being you.
Bad Hair Days is a wonderful read but more than that its inspiring. Its main character, 14 year old Mallow, a revelation to all those who feel as if they don't fit in, that they too are different.
Marketed at an audience of 10 to 12 year olds, its a gripping, emotional, sensitively written read featuring so many issues including bullying, family, friendships, insecurity, all wrapped up in a story about a teenager who as well as dealing with all the 'usual' teenage angst is having to cope with the emotional (and practical) issues of having the hair loss condition, alopecia.
In short, its exactly the sort of thought provoking story that I'd encourage all children to read.
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Disclaimer ... Received with thanks from the author, no financial compensation was asked for nor given
Title: Bad Hair Days
Author: J M Forster
Star Rating: 5 Stars
Number of Readers: 21
Writing Style: 9/10
Of the 21 readers:
21 would read another book by this author.
17 thought the cover was good or excellent.
21 felt it was easy to follow.
21 would recommend this story to another reader to try.
12 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘plotting a story’.
9 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘developing the characters’.
20 felt the pacing was good or excellent.
21 thought the author understood the readership and what they wanted.
‘Cool book. Loved it!’ Boy, aged 12
‘I liked how the author brings up important subjects but at the same time is good at writing an exciting mystery. So much happens in this story that I enjoyed. I liked Mallow too. She’s very sensitive and real. I like real characters.’ Girl, aged 13
‘This is about a girl who’s different. It’s important for children to understand that everybody is different, and it is important to help them, not bully them. A good book.’ Boy, aged 13
‘I thought it was a bit slow at the beginning, but it got much better. I liked the end a lot.’ Boy, aged 11
‘I read over 10 books every month; this is the best for this month.’ Girl, aged 12
To Sum It Up:
‘A fantastic mystery with a strong message. A FINALIST and highly recommended.’ The Wishing Shelf Book Awards