CHIL­DREN’S

book of the week

Llanelli Star - - FAMILY MATTERS -

THE CANTANKERO­US MOLLY DAR­LING

by Alvy Car­ragher,

Chicken House, £7.99 (ebook £6.47)

★★★★ ★

THIS book fol­lows the story of Molly, a teenage girl who lives on a farm in ru­ral Ire­land. Molly has a lot to deal with: Her mum spends all her time paint­ing in the at­tic, her dad has aban­doned them, leav­ing only a Pow­er­Point pre­sen­ta­tion to ex­plain his ac­tions, and her sis­ter Polly has run off with a mummy’s boy.

Worst of all, her beloved chick­ens have sud­denly dis­ap­peared!

Molly goes out of her way to find them with her best friend Tess. To make things worse, Tess is in the mid­dle of a so­cial me­dia bat­tle with their ri­val Claire.

The fast-paced story fol­lows the ups and down of this fam­ily drama. There are lots of twists and turns, and it’s a great mix­ture of laughs and tears all the way. The sad­ness in the back­ground is bal­anced by lots of comic mo­ments. You re­ally care about Molly.

All in all, this is a very en­ter­tain­ing read.

Re­view by Isla Brotzel, 12

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