The House on Hawthorne Road

Beth, who is very shy and often feels invisible, has her world turned upside down when her beloved grandmother dies and her family move to Dublin. Everything is so different from London. At school, life is made even more difficult by Grainne the school bully and Beth’s BFF, Aisha, is now only available on Skype. To make things worse somebody or something is messing with the things in her bedroom and nobody is the least bit interested. Beth is miserable. When she discovers the culprit is a boy called Robbie and how exactly he came to be in her room, the truth is even more incredible and this is where the adventure really begins.

Initially, Beth and Robbie have a love-hate relationship, but as they travel back and forth through each other’s time zones, the friendship develops. The story gathers momentum as they learn more about each other’s worlds. Beth, Robbie and their families become increasingly entangled in an incredible adventure. The plot continuously twists and turns, aided by some ‘lucky’ coincidences, until it comes to an unavoidable end. Beth’s story continues for a while, ending in a surprising but satisfactory conclusion in which everyone’s life has somehow changed.

This is Megan Wynne’s first novel and it deals positively with difficult issues such and dyslexia, bullying, sadness and grief. A thought-provoking book, that promotes understanding and acceptance, the value of diversity and change and of being true to yourself. A good read for 9-12 year olds.