Hethersett Old Hall School (HOHS) blog – an independent day school near Norwich, Norfolk.

Girls 3-18 and boys 3-11, boarding for girls from 9

Book of the Week

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This week’s book of the week is A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Calypso’s mum died a few years ago and her dad can’t, or won’t, talk about Mum. Instead he throws himself into writing his book “A History of the Lemon.” Her dad grows more and more distant, and keeps himself to himself.  He tells Calypso that she shouldn’t cry but should instead develop “inner strength.” Calypso is a solitary girl and relies on the company of the fictional characters in her books until a new girl, arrives at her school who also loves books. The girls become fast friends but Mae’s very normal, noisy family life serves to highlight the disparity with Calypso’s quiet, lonely life with her dad. Things come to a head in a heartbreaking scene that involves lemon throwing. Calypso then finally starts to get some help with her father’s and her own grief.

Jo Cotterill’s writing is not overly sentimental and the story both highlights the lives of young carers and portrays grief in a very realistic way.

Suitable for age nine and upwards.

Library of Lemons


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