The Words That Fly Between Us by Sarah Carroll is an uplifting story that I highly recommend for all age groups!
From the outside, it looks
like Lucy has the perfect life. She has everything. Everything that money can
But money can’t buy Lucy the words she needs to stand up to her bully of a father, the words to escape her suffocating family life, the words to become the person she wants to be.
Then Lucy finds an escape route. Every attic on her street is connected, and as she starts to explore the secret lives of her neighbours, Lucy realizes that she is not the only one to suffer in silence.
But can she find the strength to climb down and face her fears?
The Words That Fly Between Us is published by Simon & Schuster Children’s Books (2nd May 2019) and is available in digital and paperback formats. Suitable for 11 – 14 years.
The insidiousness of bullying is a theme throughout this story and Lucy is ultimately a courageous teen who challenges the status quo, not only with her father but also in her friendship group.
I’m sure there have been people in your life whose expressions you’ve read so that you could figure out how to respond – and how exhausting that can be. Lucy has learned to do this so that she doesn’t disappoint her father. She’s also alert to nuances in all her interactions and picks up on things that best friend Megan may not be aware of. Wrapping words in cotton wool is exactly what we do at times with some people isn’t it! Lucy does have an outlet for her anxieties but even that has to be kept a secret and causes tension …
I loved Sarah Carroll’s figurative writing. My favourite:
“She turns back to me and hands me silence like a present I didn’t want.”
The Words That Fly Between Us had me reflecting on life and the times when words weren’t said but you knew they were there in the empty space, just waiting for them to land. As a parent, the story reinforces the angst we might put our children through by only sharing parts of the whole and leave them guessing the rest.
I think this story can inspire others – to realise that glossing over, making excuses and pretending some behaviours don’t exist isn’t the best way to handle bullying situations and that it’s ok to stand up to bullying.
Sarah Carroll currently splits her time between a houseboat in Dublin and travel abroad. She recently returned from five years in Tanzania where she founded and ran a hostel while working to support local community projects. She continues to promote ethical overseas volunteering through her blogs and films on www.theethicalvolunteer.com, while planning her next book.
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