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Rusty and Friends by Marrianne Parry

Title: Rusty and Friends Rusty and Friends

Author: Marianne Parry

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd – Matador

Published: November 28th, 2014

Rating: 4/5

This book is about Rusty, Sylvester and Willie, three friends who all have very different problems in their lives at home. The characters are great and their social issues and are dealt with in a manner that children will find easy to empathise and relate to.

Rusty’s Dad is a great father but struggles to keep a job to earn money for what he and his family want. This has led him into becoming a thief – and ending up in prison for the second time. This causes all sorts of conflicting emotions for Rusty, especially after he’s been to visit him – and when his Dad escapes from jail with other prisoners.…

Willie’s gran has gone to live in an old people’s home and doesn’t seem to be enjoying it there, crying when Willie and his family visit her. The boys decide to rescue her . . .

Sylvester’s grandparents are over from Jamaica to visit his family for three months but they don’t like his Mum, always being polite but not kind to her because she is ‘white’. Sylv wants to get his grandparents to realise how great his Mum is and the three friends come up with a achieve just that . . .

To see how these schemes work out, you’ll just have to read the book! It is well written and could easily be used to prompt discussion about strategies that could be used to help alleviate the problems encountered by the trio and alternative ways to resolve the issues. Great discussion and role play could also result from reading the story and hot-seating could be very revealing. A great book for children to enjoy and also a great means for prompting investigations into current social issues.

Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley too

for letting me read this book in exchange for this, an honest review.

Copies of this book are available from a variety of sources, including:

amazon.co.uk      amazon.com      barnes and noble    

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