Author(s): Nicola Skinner
A beautifully written, incredibly original and wickedly funny novel for readers of 10 and older - BLOOM is for everyone who has ever felt like they didn't fit in, and for anyone who has ever wanted a little more colour and wildness in their lives...
Sorrel Fallowfield is growing up - in a REALLY surprising way . . .
Sorrel Fallowfield is so good at being good that teachers come to her when they need help remembering the school rules - and there are LOTS.
Luckily, Sorrel doesn't have any trouble following them, until the day she discovers a faded packet of Surprising Seeds buried under a tree in her backyard. Now she's hearing voices, seeing things, experiencing an almost unstoppable urge to plant the Seeds in some very unusual places... and completely failing to win her school's competition to find The Most Obedient Child of the School.
And all that's before flowers start growing out of her head...
Sorrel Fallowfield is good. Very good. So good in fact that teachers come to her if they can’t remember all the school rules. When the headmaster of her school holds a competition to find the best behaved student - the prize being a trip away - Sorrel knows this is her chance to take her mum on a much needed holiday. Sorrel is determined to win even when her best friend (and keen scientist) Neena Gupta begins a protest against the new exam hall being built on the last patch of grass in the whole school.
Then Sorrel discovers a strange packet of Surprising Seeds under her cottage. Sorrel and Neena sow the seeds and unwittingly dig up old secrets about how their home became so devoid of life.
Sorrel’s town is covered in concrete, there are no gardens, and one of the only trees is a sad weeping willow in her backyard (surrounded by concrete of course) - that is until plants sprout from the top of Sorrel and Neena’s heads! Which is absolutely against the rules! Soon everyone in town is sprouting an array of plants on their heads from cacti, tomatoes, and even a venus fly trap. Everyone is panicking, no one can fix it, and with tensions high between Sorrel and Neena, things reach a breaking point.
With allotments sprouting out of scalps, a mum to take care of, and a competition to win, Sorrel has her work cut out for her.
Bloom is a great story about learning to be yourself when those in charge want you to keep your head down and not ask questions. And how standing up for yourself and nature, may mean breaking the rules but in the best way possible. Nicola Skinner has written a very funny, charming book with beautiful, vine like illustrations by Flavia Sorrentino creeping throughout. Bloom will make you laugh, and probably get out into the garden.