Improbable Life of Ricky Bird, TheConnell, Diane
About to become a teenager, Ricky (Victoria) already has plenty going on, but now everything is changing. There's the move away from Brixton so her mum can be with her new partner, and on top of that, her six-year-old brother Ollie gets sick and ends up in hospital. Ricky’s exceptional imagination has always helped her get by, but now there is no ignoring real life.
Gripping, gritty and with the incomparable Ricky at its heart, this is an unforgettable coming-of-age story of resilience and vulnerability and the redemptive power of storytelling.
Comments from BDS Reviewers
"I could not put the book down. The characters were very compelling - and real."
"I enjoyed this book immensely. It's warm, relatable and a story to stay with you."
"An emotional read. It could have been depressing, but manages not to be."
"I enjoyed Ricky - she is fragile but tough."
"The reader sympathises with Ricky's dilemmas which build with each new predicament and the tension mounts."
"A realistic but sympathetic portrayal of a teenage girl reluctantly entering puberty."
"The characters are very real and you can relate to them and their surroundings."
"It's quite a gritty book, but is that a bad thing?"