DescriptionStephen has never met his great aunt, Lola, and he doesn't want to. She sends him money twice a year and he always writes back, but Lola is almost eighty - what will they have to talk about?
When they arrive at her house, Stephen discovers she's grumpy, scary and really, really old. He wants to turn around and go home, but him mum says they have to stay until Lola's birthday - three weeks away.
Left to his own devices, Stephen learns about the simple things in life - like fishing, and cricket, and climbing trees, and the importance of family. Soon Lola entrusts Stephen with a great secret, and he realises that Lola has become more important to him than just an aunt who sends him money - she's now a friend.
ReviewLAMONT STANDING ORDER MARCH 2014 PRIMARY FICTION BOOK OF THE MONTH!
When Stephen's parents decide to spend time during the holidays with his eighty year old grumpy Aunty Lola, Stephen is worried. What will he do for three weeks out in the middle of nowhere with no friends?
But slowly, Stephen and Lola warm to each other and Stephen meets Norm who lives next door and befriends Norm's granddaughter Allie.
Together, an interesting and heartfelt story emerges, where family values and relationships are depicted in a humorous, but genuine and loving way.
With themes including older people and acceptance, this is a wonderful novel, best suited to those around nine years old.
Reviewed by Rob.