The Girl with Space in Her Heart

The Girl with Space in Her Heart

The Girl with Space in Her Heart
Lara Williamson

Usborne Publishing Ltd

ISBN 9781474921312

Mabel Mynt knows a lot about space... like how we feel connected to the stars because we are all made of stardust. And that Mum's new boyfriend, Galactic Gavin, has eyes that twinkle like Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky. And that sometimes the perfect place for her sister, Terrible Topaz, would be a black hole. But Mabel doesn't know how to fill the space in her heart that Dad left when he walked out. And so she sets out on a mission of discovery... A heart-warming and laugh-out-loud story about learning that love is never lost and change doesn't have to be scary.

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Have you ever felt as if you have so many secrets and worries in your head that it actually weighs you down? That you want to speak about - but you know that if you say just one word that the great outpouring of worry will be just too much. Mabel Mynt has a hole in her heart where her dad has left. She misses him, she worries about her mum, her sister and 'Galactic' Gavin; she worries about the worries and never ever feeling full of love again. But Mabel is special because she knows that she is made of stardust, she believes that things can get better, she tries her hardest to understand how others feel and really and truly make things better. But will she be able to do that before the 'suitcase of worry' crushes all her hopes and dreams?

Lara Williamson is an epic storyteller. Her characters have a truth and honesty about them that engages the reader from the very first page to the very last. Her story takes the reader on an emotional adventure as we live and breathe the lives that unfold before us. She creates a truly magical experience that I defy any reader, young or old, not to be moved by the journey that she takes us on.

For children of 8+, this book is a masterclass in the use of similes and children will love and relate to the many comparisons that Mabel makes. This book addresses many issues including: loss of a parent, the impact of anxiety and worry, new relationships, misunderstandings, fear of fitting in, friendships, support and the dynamics of family life.

336 pages / Ages 8+ / Reviewed by Donna Burkert, teacher