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Binny for Short Book 1

Written by Hilary McKay

Part of the Binny Series

Binny for Short Book 1 Synopsis

From the winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2018. Binny's life has been difficult since her father died and her dreadful old Aunt Violet disposed of her beloved dog, Max. Her world changed then, to a city flat with not enough space for her Mum, her big sister Clem and her small brother James. Definitely no room for a pet. Then one day Aunt Violet dies, leaving a small cottage in Cornwall to Binny and her family. Binny finds herself in a new world once more, full of sunshine and freedom and Gareth, the enemy-next-door and the ideal companion for dangerous dares. But Max is still lost in the past, and it seems impossible that she'll ever find him again...

Binny for Short Book 1 Press Reviews

A new novel from Casson series' author Hilary McKay is always a treat and this one is no exception. Wonderful characters and storytelling. * tBk Magazine * This is a brilliantly written story that is gripping in a gently humorous way. * Ed On The Web * A thorough joy... it has made me look again at her other titles in my hunger to immerse myself in her beautiful, clever writing again. * Susie and the Pencils * 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 * A fantastically good book. * Lythan St Annes Express * Mixes family life and friendship, with plenty of warmth and humour. * Sunday Express * I nearly fell out of bed pulling the book back off my dad when it was time for lights out because I wanted to continue reading...The story is exciting, compelling, sad and funny, with a surprising and heart-warming ending. * Phoebe, age 9 * 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 * A tale of adventure, friendship and family... wonderful characters and storytelling. * tBk Magazine * 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 * A new novel from Casson series' author Hilary McKay is always a treat and this one is no exception. Wonderful characters and storytelling. * tBk Magazine * This is a brilliantly written story that is gripping in a gently humorous way. * Ed On The Web * A thorough joy... it has made me look again at her other titles in my hunger to immerse myself in her beautiful, clever writing again. * Susie and the Pencils * 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 * A fantastically good book. * Lythan St Annes Express * Mixes family life and friendship, with plenty of warmth and humour. * Sunday Express * I nearly fell out of bed pulling the book back off my dad when it was time for lights out because I wanted to continue reading...The story is exciting, compelling, sad and funny, with a surprising and heart-warming ending. * Phoebe, age 9 * 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 * A tale of adventure, friendship and family... wonderful characters and storytelling. * tBk Magazine * 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 * Thought provoking, engrossing story with nail biting moments and some surprises thrown in. * Primary Times * McKay's wise and witty stories resonate for everyone. (The Sunday Times' 100 Best Children's Books) * The Sunday Times *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781444915433
Publication date: 4th September 2014
Author: Hilary McKay
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 304 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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