Seven Days

Written by Eve Ainsworth

Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4

LoveReading View on Seven Days

February 2015 Debut of the Month  Life at home is horrible for Jess since her father left. There’s very little money and her mum struggles just to keep the family going. But she has even worse problems at school where she is bullied, especially by Kez, for being fat and scruffily dressed. But Kez has her problems too. Watching her violent father bullying her weak mother is torment and she feels powerless to intervene. Can the two girls break out of the cycle of behaviour that makes them both victims? Maybe becoming friends will be the answer?

Eve Ainsworth says "I believe that Seven Days would be a very inspiring book for any reader that has experienced bullying, or indeed been a bully themselves. The book is not looking to judge, it is simply providing a message that there are often two sides to every story. I also hope it will help anyone who has experienced bullying to have something to identify with, but also to see that they are not weak, or pathetic just because they have been targeted. Perhaps someone else will read my book and recognise their own negative behaviours. Perhaps they can question why they are doing it and seek the help that they need.
In Seven Days I wanted to keep the message alive. Bullying is a real, on-going issue. It takes many forms, and it’s life-changing.
There can also be more than one victim".

Click here to read more about why Eve wrote Seven Days.

Seven Days Synopsis

School should be a safe place for Jess, a refuge from her difficult home life - but thanks to Kez and her friends, it's everything she dreads. Despite being beautiful and popular, Kez's life isn't any sweeter. She clings to the fact she is better off than Jess - or so she thinks...

Seven Days Reader Reviews

Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Amisha McCrystal, age 12 - 'a terrific novel. An original, it’s so unpredictable...I think Eve is trying to tell people that all types of bullying must STOP NOW.' Read full review >
  • Celeste Phelan, age 13 - 'a very powerful and moving story which really gave me an insight into the life of both a bully and a victim.' Read full review >
  • Sophia Ufton - 'Amazing story, been in this position myself so know all about it. Really gut wrenching to picture it happening to Jessica. So sad but a brilliant book.' Read full review >
  • Shannon McCluskey, age 13 - 'This is a fantastic book and really easy to get stuck into.' Read full review >
  • Edel Waugh - 'This was different from any other book about bullying that I have ever read, I found it left me with a smile and sense of hope.' Read full review >
  • Destiny Maraj, age 13 - 'I was hooked on 7 Days from the very first page and loved reading it!' Read full review >
  • Jade Craddock - 'An interesting approach to a challenging subject in this exploration of teen bullying.' Read full review >
  • Esmé Molloy, age 14 - 'This book is simply incredible...It is so deep and brutally truthful...wow.'  Read full review >
  • Melanie Chadwick - 'It’s a story about bullying and what happens when people take it to extremes...The climax of the book was really good.' Read full review >

Book Information

ISBN: 9781407146911
Publication date: 5th February 2015
Author: Eve Ainsworth
Publisher: Scholastic Press an imprint of Scholastic
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4

About Eve Ainsworth

Eve Ainsworth lives in West Sussex. She works in a secondary school in child protection, helping and supporting teenagers with emotional and  behavioural issues. Click here to read more about why Eve wrote Seven Days.

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