Confident, sparky 11-year-old Billie loves being part of a busy, noisy, messy family: chirpy cafe-owner Dad and her three big brothers – grown-up Gabriel who’s getting married, disaster-prone Raffy, and sweet sporty Michael. She doesn’t mind being the only girl; just being the littlest. But she’s catching up, starting secondary school, leaving the little girl behind.
When Miss Eagle tells her class to write a Hero Project about someone who inspires you, Billie knows exactly who to choose: her lovely mum, who died when she was little. She can’t wait to pull out her Memory Box, and hear all the old family stories. But no one seems to want to help. When Raffy angrily tells her to choose someone else, she knows something’s up.
Mum left behind a secret. And when Billie unlocks it, nothing will ever be the same…
“There’s something deliciously Judy Blume-esque about Day’s style, she perfectly describes the mixed angst and bravado of growing up and her characters are filled with warmth and humour – just brilliant” – Kate Whiting, PA
“Wonderfully diverse and effortlessly entertaining, Susie’s books are a must for all school libraries, offering an ideal transition for children getting ready to move on to secondary school” – Booklover Jo, blogger and librarian
“Susie Day’s The Secrets of Billie Bright (Puffin) is marked out by unforced inclusivity, and Day’s ability to tackle complex topics without writing an ‘issue’ book” – Imogen Russell Williams, The Guardian
Out NOW from Penguin Random House | available from all good bookshops
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