By: Laura Bloom
Genre: YFB - General fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Published by: Walker Books
Published: 1 Aug 2019
ISBN: 9781760651145


A story about a girl who meets a boy who changes everything.

When 13-year-old Mika is forced to attend a music festival with her family, she resigns herself to hippies, heat, and embarrassment. But nothing could prepare her for Max, who’s almost 10 and has autism. When the two of them join forces, a series of unexpected and life changing events  unfolds.


This is a wonderful story about finding out who you really are.

Mika is at a cross roads in her life. She is growing up and changing, and her family just don’t seem to understand her. Her siblings gang up on her and the relationship with her parents, particularly her Mum, seems to be getting more strained by the day. Not to mention the issue with her music!

So when her family go to music festival and stay with friends of her father, Mika is not impressed. It is the last place she wants to be, especially when her friends are at home having a sleepover. The family they are staying with have a ten-year-old son, Max, who has autism. Mika and Max seem to form an instant connection. It’s like they both just click with each other, and understand what each is going through, without even saying anything.

But when a family outing together doesn't go according to plan, it is a realisation and a wake up call for all involved.

This is a beautiful and sensitive story about growing up, acceptance, family, friendships and taking some risks.

It will be enjoyed by all readers aged 10 and up.

Reviewed by Sam