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Stay A Little Longer

Written by Bali Rai

Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4 Romance / Relationship Stories

LoveReading View on Stay A Little Longer

Grief, grit and the glow of friendship

October 2018 Book of the Month | Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 | One of our 2018 Books of the Year

A heartfelt, hard-hitting, super-readable novella about the life-affirming, life-saving friendship that blossoms between a young teenager and her 59 year-old neighbour.

All sweet-hearted Aman wanted was for her dad to stay a little longer, but he died before she had chance to read her special letter to him. While grappling with grief, she’s bullied by a bunch of older kids, but thankfully new neighbour Gurnam intervenes to scare them off. While Aman sees Gurnam as her “personal superhero”, she notices a sadness about him, but he won’t reveal the cause of his pain. The truth is revealed with poignant, page-turning urgency, leading to a shocking finale that sees Aman grasp a second vital chance to read her love-filled letter.

There’s so much humanity and soul in this short gem of a story. While the content is YA, this is written for those with a reading age of 8+, in a lucid, gripping style that tells it like it is and gets to the core of the characters’ hearts. I relished every word.

Joanne Owen

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Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 13+

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Stay A Little Longer Synopsis

From the award-winning author Bali Rai comes a powerful and immensely moving story of friendship, family and happiness. Well-known for his gritty realism for teens, Stay A Little Longer is a hard-hitting story that shows sometimes the strongest friendships can come from the least expected places.

Aman's dad is gone, leaving her feeling lost and alone. She struggles to talk about it, but it's a fact and he isn't coming back. When a lovely man called Gurnam moves in to her street and saves Aman from some local bullies, he and Aman quickly become friends, perhaps even like family. But Gurnam has his own sadness. One that's far bigger than Aman can understand, and it's tearing his life apart.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 13+

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781128329
Publication date: 15th September 2018
Author: Bali Rai
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 120 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4
Topics: Romance / Relationship Stories

About Bali Rai

Bali Rai is a well-established, award winning and hugely popular voice within the young adult fiction market.  His particular successful title Rani and Sukh became a set-text for GCSE English.  His novel Killing Honour won the North East Teen Book Award, and was described as 'utterly compelling' by The Bookseller. He lives in Leicester with his family. Read more about the author here.  Bali is Booktrust's online writer in residence. Click here to read his blog.

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