Book: Bring Me Sunshine by Wendy Storercategories: Book, Teen Fiction, Adult Fiction, Zen, Rock and Roll, Alzheimer's, Real Life Fiction, Friendship, Young Carers, Young Adult Fiction
Wendy Storerabout this book: A book for anyone aged 10 - 100 who ever gave up on their dream.
Fifteen year-old Daisy lives with her ex rock star Dad and little brother Sam, and she dreams of being a rock drummer. She hasn't played her kit much lately because Dad doesn't like the noise. He's a bit forgetful too, and does embarrassing stuff like wearing his pyjamas all day, having conversations with the TV and wandering off in a world of his own. And all this is taking its toll on Daisy's friendships and her school work, and her dreams; none of which seem to exist anymore.
And then Dylan Bell moves back into town, an old friend who also has a dream. He's learned the guitar, wants to make music with Daisy and has signed them up for the Battle of the Bands. With a light shining once more on Daisy's dream, she looks at her past and her future for a solution, but ultimately realises that everything she ever dreamed of is in the here and now.
This is a book about Zen, about drumming, about being a teenager, about being a young carer to a parent with Alzheimer's, and it's a book about love.
It's set in the town of Kendal, in the beautiful Lake District of England, and I was inspired to write it when I found out how many young people are forced to care for a loved one and what they sacrifice in order to do that. The title is a bit of a dig at Kendal - where it rains sooo much! - and it's also a metaphor for happiness. I want people to love Daisy as much as I do, because she gives so much to the world and makes it a better place by caring, but I want people to know that in order to be happy, they must also be true to herself.
Bring Me Sunshine was a finalist in the Mslexia Children's Novel Competition 2012/13
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