Stories Aloud
Publication date: 02 May 2019
ISBN: 9781788002868
Size: 129 x 198 mm
Length: 272 pages

Not My Fault

9-12
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Maya and Rose won’t talk to each other.

Even though they are sisters.

Not since the accident.

Maya is running wild, and Rose doesn’t know what to do.

Now Maya and Rose have to go away together on a week-long school journey. But will the trip – and a life-threatening adventure – fix their relationship… or break it for good?

An uplifting story of family, forgiveness, and finding out who you are, from the author of the highly-acclaimed Ella on the Outside.

Praise for Ella on the Outside:

“A perfectly-pitched, thoughtful story with a big heart.” – Katherine Woodfine, author of The Clockwork Sparrow

“It’s impossible not to root for Ella to be brave and make the right decisions, and the urge to find out whether she will powers this warm, considered and entertaining novel.” – BookTrust

Also by Cath Howe:

Ella on the Outside

How to be Me

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“[Cath Howe’s] eye for nuanced relationships and authentic voices is very much in evidence here. Great for readers of Jacqueline Wilson.”

–  Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

Not My Fault is a relatable story of sibling rivalry, family cohesion and forgiveness. Cath Howe writes directly and with great energy, while handling the nuances of complicated emotions deftly and authentically.”

–  The Book Bag

“The format of the book, with its to-ing and fro-ing between the viewpoints of both Maya and Rose, is a brilliant device to bring out the way in which actions can be misunderstood.”

“A thoughtful, subtle and gripping must-read.”

–  Margaret Wallace-Jones, The Alligator’s Mouth

“The writing displays an understanding of children and is extremely well observed. This feels realistic and believable and I feel sure that young readers will find both the characters and the storyline relatable.”

–  Anne Thompson, A Library Lady (blog)

“Not My Fault has a realistic feel to the sibling relationship and its rivalry, ensuring the reader becomes invested as it develops, hopeful of a happy ending.”

–  Book Bound (blog)

“This story allows children to try and build emotional empathy, by seeing how others might react to something that has happened in their own lives.”

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