The House of Clouds
Change is difficult at the best of times but Tabby is dealing with a lot. Her best friend has ditched her and now her grandfather is living with the family, which has turned life upside down. Tabby has to walk the dog and listen to all of Grandad’s nonsensical stories. Sadly, nothing could have prepared her for the worst when it comes. With the help of an unlikely friend, Tabby discovers the wisdom in old tales and how it can change her life for the better.
The House of Clouds is a beautifully written story about what is truly important in life, with good life lessons in abundance. Thompson inspires the reader to ignore social media and to instead look up to find what you really need. The story unfolds like the gentle glide of the clouds on the breeze and eases the reader into the difficult topic of loss, be it big or small. The sadness at the loss of a friend and at loss in the family are both dealt with gently and respectfully. Nothing can then surprise the reader more than meeting the lady living in the House of Clouds and learning how old tales and new friends bring her such joy.
The publisher, Barrington Stoke, suggests the interest level for this story is 8–12. However, I believe that The House of Clouds would appeal to readers up to age 14 in light of the book’s central topics and the sensitive way in which they are explored.