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Great for kids aged 8+ (possible spoilers but I've tried not to!)
on 31 March 2012
First a note on age. I am 40. I read this before handing it over to my 8 year old niece. I gave it to her, although I am not 100% that it isn't slightly too old for her... I think it may have been pitched more at the 10+ male reader. That said, she is pretty clued up and I thought she'd enjoy it.
The book is funny (I laughed out loud more or less throughout) and is really about feelings and how to deal with them - a very useful topic for the young... The main character has to deal with a Mum who is exploring naturism, a Dad who is going along with it, a brother who is frankly a pain in the neck. His world is pretty unfair and he feels embarrassed a fair bit. He has feelings for a girl - which are confusing. To top this off he now has to deal with a school nurse who wants him to talk about it and a psychologist... cue much humour. The resolution of the story is a little bit pat - but it's for kids so I think that is fine. Everything gets worked out nicely and the main character gets to confront his issues and we leave him knowing his life has improved.
I'd recommend this book. It was good fun, a little bit challenging and really a good stab at letting kids know that everyone has difficult feelings to confront and that they can be dealt with.