Teenager Amy has the world on her shoulders.
Her father has left home, her mother is losing her grip and baby sister Beth needs more than any of them seem able to offer.
And then there is her lovingly belligerent grandmother, struggling in her final days, but still with a story to tell of times long gone, a terrible war, of first love and a magical windmill.
Braving censure and punishment, Amy sets out to trace her grandmother
Age Range: 10+
Size: 198mm x 129mm
Word Count: 30,000
Published: March 2020
RRP: 5.99 (UKP)
She felt closer to Amy than ever before and needed her more in this strange world with so many new faces.
She spoke from the kitchen while Amy studied the photographs. Some were new, colourful, not special. Others were much older, with sepia shades and a mysterious quality. Was it true, as gypsies believed, that photographs stole the souls of the people in the picture? These faces never changed, they would always be as they were in the picture, never aging, never altering in expression. Moment after moment had been frozen, then lifted out of time. The pictures must have dated back a hundred years or more. A whole century was displayed, decade after decade, the faces becoming more and more serious the further back in time the photographs went.
Joe Rosenthal is also the author of Growing up in Babylon, a moving and seriou story of Jewish children in care homes after the second world war.
Published by Hawkwood Books.
Book dedications have always intrigued me, but so far I’ve never seen a website dedication. Perhaps this is the first. As it says in The Last Garden, “So special, so loved, so missed.” This little dedication is For Ana.