By Amanda Coe
Set in the 1970s, this emotional novel takes place in Yorkshire. It tells the gut wrenching story of two very different ten year old little girls.
Gemma seems to have everything, but is distraught over her the ending of her parent’s relationship. She withdraws into her fantasy world of her favorite child television character, Lallie.
Hard scrabble Pauline envies the seemingly idyllic life of Gemma. She sees only the perfect clothes and hair that she wishes she had.
When Lallie’s production company comes to town, both girls have a chance to fulfill their dreams. However, it is the dysfunction in the adult world that controls them all. Ultimately, the girls are affected by escalating bullying and cruelty with tragic results.
This is a dark novel, with very real and timeless situations.