‘Change brings growth’, so foretold Sydney Goodrow’s fortune cookie but that’s the last thing Sydney wants. Her mother is only four feet tall, and according to Sydney, that’s the perfect height. It was as tall as her dad had been when he was alive too, but now he’s gone, and Sydney continues to grow. She doesn’t want to be as tall as her sister Jade, so she regularly practices her shrinking exercises.
Along with not wanting to grow, Sydney doesn’t want change, but that’s happening too. Her mother has dropped the bombshell that they have to leave their London flat and their custom-made furniture shop to start a new life in Portsmouth where their snooty grandmother lives. Grandma has even found Sydney’s mother a responsible and soul-destroying job in the tax office, making sure that everything about London is left behind.
Scary teachers, her mother’s new bald man friend, Jade becoming the worst sister in the world, and growing taller, if it wasn’t for her new friend, the living and breathing Wikipedia that is Bobby, Sydney wouldn’t know how to cope. She can’t. So she starts making plans on how to get their London life back.
We Are Giants is a touching book that is an easy read, and an even easier page-turner. The simplicity in Amber Lee Dodd’s story of a girl fighting against everything around her while holding on to the memory of her late dad pulls you in from the start and doesn’t let go right to the end.