Publication date: 21 January 2010
They’ve got to stick together – whatever
‘Jamie and me have run away,’ said Rhianna, ‘and now you can too, Vicky.’
I took her hand in mine. It was freezing. When we first started school, they thought Rhianna could manage without any help. But every morning, Mum would whisper to me, ‘Keep an eye on your sister, Vicky.’ So I did. I looked out for her. Kept the bad kids away. Protected her from danger. And now Mum was dead, I would always have to look out for her. For ever and ever, amen.
Vicky and Rhianna are twins but they couldn’t be more different. For their fourteenth birthday,
Vicky wants a card from the hottest boy in school. Rhianna, brain-damaged at birth, wants a Furby. What they get is a nasty shock – their foster parents can’t cope and it looks as if Vicky and Rhianna and their younger brother Jamie will have to be split up. How can they stay together?
Desperate times call for desperate measures …
Exciting, fast-moving and deeply affecting, this innovative story is Laura Summers’ first novel.
Laura Summers grew up in South London and was a teacher before turning full time to writing. She has written extensively for many popular children’s television series including The Story of Tracy Beaker (based on the novel by Jacqueline Wilson), The New Worst Witch (based on the Jill Murphy books), and was recently nominated for a children’s BAFTA for one of her scripts for The Little Princess – a pre-school animation series based on the picture books by Tony Ross. The idea for her first novel came from the observation there were very few protagonists with learning disabilities in children’s books and the reality that one of her own children is disabled. The result is the creation of Rhianna and her sister Vicky: two very individual teenagers, one of whom happens to have learning disabilities. Laura now lives in North Devon with her husband and children and when not writing loves to draw and paint.