Cloud Busting

Write a poem / About / Someone near to you, / Dear to you.’ Mr Mackie’s homework assignment has the class groaning in despair: everyone, that is, except Sam. So begins a beautiful novel written entirely in verse – Sam’s poem and tribute to his friend Dave, now absent. A brilliant story to read aloud, especially with its irregular line endings, lending the words a natural conversational rhythm, as well as emphases that both you and your child will find thought-provoking. But Cloud Busting will not only challenge childrens’ ideas of what a poem should or might be. In two devastating chapters – What Should’ve Happened’ and What Did Happen’ – it will also challenge them to consider the cost of not being true to yourself.

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