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Binny Keeps a Secret Book 2

Written by Hilary McKay

Part of the Binny Series

Binny Keeps a Secret Book 2 Synopsis

With her awful secondhand uniform and stuck-up classmates, Binny's new school is horrible. And life gets even worse when a storm damages the roof of her house, forcing Binny and her family to move to the countryside whilst it's being fixed. Binny, her sensible older sister Clem, and her rambunctious brother James (and his chickens) begin adjusting to life in the country. Then one of James's beloved chickens vanishes and Binny finds strange footprints in the mud. What kind of creature is lurking in the undergrowth?

Binny Keeps a Secret Book 2 Press Reviews

Few writers, if indeed any, write as warmly and accurately about family life as Hilary McKay, or with such humour. Her books feel both utterly timeless, and utterly contemporary. * * * * * * Books For Keeps * Mixes family life and friendship, with plenty of warmth and humour. * Sunday Express * If you're trying to wean your daughter off Jacqueline Wilson, try Hilary McKay. Her books are so good you want to climb inside the covers and live there. * The Daily Telegraph * I've long been a fan of this author for her sure touch and comic genius when it comes to writing about the ups and downs of family life. Funny, warm-hearted and perfectly pitched. * Lion & Unicorn Books * McKay constructs convincing, page-turning portrait of a loving family that copes with adversity. Nourishing and tremendously entertaining. Warm, wise and witty... Binny for Short shows a mistress of her medium at work. * Guardian * Few writers capture the voice and intimacy of family life as well as McKay and fans of her Casson Family series will adore this sensitive exploration of friendship, grief and the often hilarious rough and tumble of families adjusting to change. More Binny please. * Daily Mail * Hilary McKay is a wonderful storyteller, with an especial gift for writing about family life, bringing the thoughts and feelings of children vividly to life. Beautifully-written and enormously engaging, this gentle story about friendship and family in a seaside town will charm readers, right up until its warm-hearted and very satisfying ending. * Booktrust * This book is optimistic, clever, beautifully written and very, very amusing. It really is a book you shouldn't miss. * * * * * * Bookbag * Praise for Binny for Short: * Hodder Children's * Mystery with a warm, touching portrait of family life and a skillfully interwoven pre-war narrative * Metro * The natural heir to E Nesbit and Dodie Smith, she describes the various mini-adventures of childhood and family life with so sure a touch it is as if those concerned are in the next room ... Adults as well as adolescent readers in search of a story where everyday life is rendered almost magical need look no further * The Independent * Binny is a wonderful creation, impetuous, stubborn, awkward, generous, an irresistible character. Hilary McKay tells her story with wit, warmth and extraordinary insight and perception...Reading McKay gives us all entry to those childhood moments of perfect sunlit present * Books for Keeps * McKay depicts families in all thier particular and universally recognisable eccentricity as entertainingly as any contemporary children's writer * The Sunday Times * With masterful comic timing McKay spins a whirl of horrifying yet hilarious admissions, mishaps, tart exchanges, and domestic tempests, as well as profoundly affecting discoveries and epiphanies, around her intense, sensitive, impulsive protagonist * Kirkus * McKay continues to enthrall readers with her vigorous blend of screwball comedy and heartfelt emotion * Horn Book Magazine * The authenticity of family life and the intensity of childhood emotions shine through the pages of this warm, thought-provoking book * Daily Mail *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781444913408
Publication date: 4th June 2015
Author: Hilary McKay
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 272 pages

About Hilary McKay

Hilary McKay won the Costa Children's Book Award for The Skylarks' War, the Guardian Fiction Prize for The Exiles, and the Smarties and the Whitbread Award for The Exiles in Love and Saffy's Angel respectively. Hilary McKay's Fairy Tales was her first book with Macmillan Children's Books and is a critically acclaimed collection of clever retellings. You can read her character Rose Casson's blog by clicking here - and Rose's tweets on the right hand side of this page. Q & A with Hilary McKayWhat is your earliest childhood memory?Watching steam trains with my grandfather. He died before I ...

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