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Solace of the Road
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Memories of Mum are the only thing that make Holly Hogan happy. She hates her foster family, with their too-nice ways and their false sympathy. She hates her entire life: her stupid school, the way everyone is always on at her. Then she finds the wig. Wearing the long, flowing blonde locks, Holly is transformed. She’s not Holly any more – she’s Solace: the girl with the slinkster walk and the super-sharp talk. She’s older, more confident – the kind of girl who can face the world head on. The kind of girl who can walk right out of her humdrum life, hitch to Ireland and find her mum. So begins a bittersweet and hilarious journey, as Solace swaggers across England, unlocking the secrets of her past. On the road, travelling into the unknown, will Holly finally find the answers she’s looking for? A brilliant and moving coming-of-age story by the late Carnegie Medal winner, Siobhan Dowd.
“Solace of the Road has it all really: grit, pathos, humour, sharp observation, and a central character who catches your heart and doesn’t let it go.” Bookbag
March 4th, 2010
AR book level: 3.8; Upper years; 8.0 points
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