I first discovered this book when I was 14. It touched me on many levels then. Now, having taught it many times over, my love for it hasn't waned. If anything, I appreciate its layers even more. A classic read that sings about love, courage and integrity.
Helen grew up in a pit village in Tyneside in the post-war years, with her gran, aunties and uncles living nearby. She felt safe with them, but they could not protect her from her neglectful mother and violent father. Behind closed doors, she suffered years of abuse. Sometimes she talked to an imaginary sister, the only one who understood her pain. Jenny was adopted at six weeks and grew up in Newcastle. An only child, she knew she was loved, and with the support of her parents she went