'I wanted to tell Mum something I'd never been able to sat to her before. If I left it till I came back home I might never be able to say it. I might be a different person.'It's the day before Jess leaves home to live in France for a year and she's scared. Everyone and everything she has ever known is here and she doesn't want anything to change. It's what she's scared of most. Jess has a terrible secret and if she goes away the person who comes back might never be able to let it out.But when sitting together with the various generations of her family and each of their secrets and stories are told, it seems to Jess that change is a part of everyone's lives. And maybe, just maybe, that's not such a bad thing after all...
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Berlie Doherty is one of Britain's best loved and most distinguished writers for young people. She has won many awards, including the Carnegie Medal for both DEAR NOBODY and GRANNY WAS A BUFFER GIRL. She has also written for adults, and writes plays for radio, theatre and television. She was born in Liverpool and now lives in the Peak District.From Publishers Weekly:
At a turning point in Jess's lifethe night before she goes abroad for a yearshe reflects on the key events in her relatives' lives, when they met their mates and married. No mystery accompanies these stories of romancethey are ground, instead, in the whimsy of ordinary living, of the fateful turns of a missed phone call or a chance meeting at a dance. The buffer girl of the title buffs cutlery, candlesticks and metal trays in a factory, and then meets the suave owner's son. But it is a plodding, reliable Albert who will march her down the aislesimply because of the timing of his proposal. Such pieces of distant family folklore, and the more recent death of her young brother, give Jess the courage to embrace changes in her life head-on. Doherty instills the story with the power of a lyrical voice, polishing the past, but not smoothing disappointments or moments of innocence lost. She offers readers a glimpse of maturity without the death of hope. Ages 10-up.
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