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Car Wash Wish

Written by Sita Brahmachari

Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4 General Fiction

LoveReading View on Car Wash Wish

Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8  Sita Brahmachari writes about family lives and family relationships with real sensitivity and insight. Hudson, the teen narrator of her new novel, is well aware of his own tendency to misunderstand or misread what others are saying, so the moment when he and his dad suddenly connect with one another is particularly powerful.  That it takes place in a car wash only makes it more convincing. Hudson’s dad explains how much he loved going through the car wash with his own father as a child, and how the cloud of soapy bubbles felt like a kind of heaven. Though there’s lots going on in Hudson’s life, and indeed head, his story is, as publisher Barrington Stoke says, super readable, with design and writing as clear as can be. ~ Andrea Reece

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

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Car Wash Wish Synopsis

Hudson is a skilled reader of books, but not so much with people. Mum's new bloke Louis is keen to help, and in turn Hudson passes on what he learns to future sibling Zed (for zygote). This all comes in useful at granddad's funeral as Hudson deals with grief, his dad's feelings of guilt and his own sadness about his parents' separation. Hudson's self-awareness about his Asperger's and how it affects him (and others) gives him a distinctive and insightful voice that offers an astute and ultimately uplifting take on the world.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

Sita has posted an interesting blog piece on writing Car Wash Wish; Writing is such a fascinating process of discovery... often it feels like characters come to you and say 'What about me?' Can you capture my voice?' - read on here.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781125236
Publication date: 15th January 2016
Author: Sita Brahmachari
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 80 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4
Topics: General Fiction

About Sita Brahmachari

Sita Brahmachari won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize with her debut Artichoke Hearts and is one of the most interesting and important voices in children's books today. Her latest novel, Tender Earth was awarded an honour by the International Board of Books for Young People. She was the 2015 Booktrust's Writer in Residence and is the current Writer in Residence at Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants. Sita is also an Amnesty International ambassador. She lives in London with her family. Photo credit Martin Levenson

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