Monday, January 28, 2013
Give me four reasons by Lizzie Wilcock
Paige is the quiet girl. Paige is the good girl of the family. Paige is almost invisible at school because she is clever and obedient Paige is lucky to have a special group of three friends. The friends like to play a game called "Give me four reasons" Each person in the group shares 'their reason'. As the story opens it is the last day of Primary school. The students of Year Six are waiting for the half lunch bell so the fun can begin - a huge water fight. While this is raging we get our first insight into Paige who hides from all the action in the toilets.
The final ritual of the last day in Primary is a ceremony to receive a certificate and to collect the class yearbook or passport as it is called here. These passports contain the thoughts of all the class members. Paige hosts a special end of Year 6 party at her house and the four friends open their passports ready to read all the funny things written by their classmates but when Paige looks in her book the pages are blank. The four friends have a motto "don't change" but the Christmas holidays, family breakups and High School mean Paige is about to go through enormous change. The question is how will these changes affect her friendships, her identity and her values.
Here is the author web site about this book. If you enjoy this book look for others with a similar theme by Catherine Bateson especially Being Bee and Millie and the Night Heron.