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Written by A.F.Harrold
Illustrated by Emily Gravett Bloomsbury £9.99
This is one of the most haunting and moving story I have read for a while. The illustrations are beautiful and fully enhance a really sad story. The detailed pencil sketches and use of colour (or not) match the storyline so well. It is a story of love, loss, friendship and death. The characters of December and Happiness are very realistic and the relationship between December and her Father is very touching. December and Happiness (aka Ember and Ness) are best friends and when Ness dies in an accident Ember is heartbroken. She discovers a way into the afterlife and tries to bring Ness back with her. It is so moving to read, and the vivid imagery remains even after the reader is finished. I am not sure it is an ideal book for a grieving child, but it is still a book to be read and discussed.