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Sally lives in Cheltenham and has worked in children's books all her career, first as an editor for Books for Children book club and now as a full-time writer. This is Sally's third novel for Bloomsbury. Her second, Spilled Water, won a Smarties Gold Award.
Gr 5-7-Chris, 11, has to live with a hurricane every dayAhis older brother WillsAwho has attention deficit disorder (ADD) in Sally Grindley's novel (Bloomsbury UK, pap. 2007). Chris calls the condition Acts Daft and Dumb because his 13-year-old brother is always making trouble and disrupting everything. Things get worse when their father moves out and Chris has to act as the buffer between Wills's out-of-control behavior, his father's lack of patience, and his mother's stress. The local library becomes a refuge where Chris can hide. Wills's talent for basketball motivates him to behave for a while, but then Chris discovers that his brother's older friends have involved him in shoplifting and more. When Wills gets into real trouble, the brothers have to rely on each other. Narrator Tom Lawrence gives distinct personalities to all the characters. The numerous Briticism can be easily understood in context. A compelling tale.- Teresa Wittmann, Westgate Elementary School, Edmonds, WA Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.