Author(s): Julie Lamb
One moment Harriet's only problem is that she's not allowed to get her nose pierced, and the next her dad has disappeared. Now there's a new home, a new school and new friends that are not really friends at all. Awkward Alice who forgets her lunch is not a great substitute, nor is the monster gnawing at Harriet's insides that makes her binge on food.
But then Alice invites her to the best tree fort ever - a place where Harriet no longer feels fat or friendless or sad, and where the bird with the rusty-red feathers comes to show her what she can't see for herself.
Harriet’s dad has disappeared and now there’s a new home, a new school and new friends that are not really friends at all. Awkward Alice, who forgets her lunch, is not a great substitute. Neither is the monster gnawing at Harriet’s insides that makes her eat. But then Alice invites her to the best tree fort ever. There, Harriet no longer feels fat, friendless or sad, and a bird with rusty-red feathers shows her what she can’t see for herself.
This is a charming and pensive story for age 10+ about a girl who has to overcome her demons when her family implodes, and discovers what true friendship means. Themes of bullying, friendship, family relationships and body image are handled with care but also flashes of humour. From the author of the award-winning The Discombobulated Life of Summer Rain.