This week’s book of the week is Katy by Jacqueline Wilson.
This story is a new version of the classic “What Katy did” by Susan Coolidge. As a child Jacqueline Wilson loved “What Katy Did” but as an adult she realised that the story had flaws. This led her to rewriting the story without the negative messages of disability. The story is now more convincing about living with a life changing disability. She also brings the story into a contemporary family setting. Wilson’s style of writing is still absorbing and accessible to children. This book is a great alternative to the original version, with just as much emotion and a lot more realism.
Suitable for age nine upwards.