Monday, 25 August 2014

Viva Alice Blog Tour: Guest Post - Judi Curtin's Five Great Books About Friendship!

Alice and Megan are back together again! When they are together, they can handle anything!
Grace invites Alice and Megan to spend Easter in her house in Lanzarote. The girls are accidentally left home-alone for two days in the house. It’s fun at first, until they become trapped on an upstairs balcony and spend a long cold night and day waiting to be rescued!
Meanwhile Melissa is still unhappy at boarding school. Alice wants to help her to get back to their school, but Megan sees this as a betrayal. Tension mounts between the two girls, until Megan gives in and agrees to help. In the end, Melissa comes back, and Megan realises that she is confident enough to stand up to her.

Viva Alice was published by The O'Brien Press on August 4th and is part of the Alice and Megan series. Thanks very much to Judi for writing this post for me, and I hope you enjoy reading about friendship in books!


Five great books about Friendship
by Judi Curtin

This post is difficult for me. When I tried to think of books about friendship, I discovered that nearly all the books I love involve friendship in some form. No matter what happens in our lives, friends make everything better, and I suspect that many writers (including me) enjoy writing about the people they themselves would like to have as friends. Anyway, after lengthy soul-searching, I have reluctantly limited myself to five titles, and here, (in no particular order), they are:
First Term at Malory Towers by Enid Blyton. Darrell goes to boarding school and is surrounded by strangers. We watch as she makes new friends, sometimes with disastrous results. This is the book that made generations of young girls dream of going to boarding school.
Ask Amy Green – Boy Trouble by Sarah Webb. An unlikely friendship between thirteen-year-old Amy and her seventeen-year-old aunt, Clover, who try to solve problems for everyone else. This one is very funny and sweet.
Heidi by Johanna Spyri. A childhood favourite of mine. Heidi is kind and innocent and everyone she meets is a potential friend – Peter, Clara, the pet goats and even her grumpy old grandfather.
The New Kid by Marie Louise Fitzpatrick. A beautifully illustrated book about the difficulties of making friends when you’re the new kid in town. I wish this one had been around when my children were small.
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. A friendship between a little girl, a pig and a spider. A great book, and the best opening line ever – “‘Where’s Papa going with that ax?’ said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.”


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