A PLACE CALLED PERFECT by HELENA DUGGAN.
SOURCE: A giveaway win courtesy of Lindsay @ THE LITTLE LIBRARY READER (See her review HERE).
Take a journey into Perfect, a town that is anything but...
Violet Brown didn’t want to live in a place that was perfect. How would she ever survive? She’d have to be neat and tidy, would definitely have to brush her hair. She’d have to be perfect and that was boring.
But when her dad is offered the best job an optician can get, to fix a strange problem in this odd little town, Violet has to obey. That’s the thing with parents, they only ever did what they wanted!
From the beginning Violet hates her new home, it’s too clean, the people are too friendly, everything is just too nice...
When her Mam begins to act a little strange, her Dad disappears on a mysterious business trip without telling a soul, she almost gets expelled from school for picking up a pencil without permission and starts hearing voices in her head, Violet thinks she’s going mad.
Until one day she meets BOY...
...... Outer back cover
FIRST SENTENCE (Chapter 1: A Silent Protest): So what if this town wasn't perfect, who wanted perfect?
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 212): Violet paced the floor. She'd always hated dolls even when she was younger. There was something scary about them. The plastic eyes followed her through the room. Imagine if they climbed out of their boxes and crawled after her?
MY THOUGHTS: Great cover (both front and back), wonderful storytelling.
Enchanted from the beginning to end. I can hardly wait to read this to my two great-nephews though as the oldest is only three years, the youngest 17 weeks, and the book is marketed as being particularly suitable for those aged nine to thirteen it may well be a while.
The story of what happens when 10 year old Violet and her family move to a place called Perfect. On the face of it this is a simple story and yet as an older reader look a little deeper and you'll see many issues are subtly raised.
Beautifully done. To be written in such a way as to appeal to both boys and girls, readers of the young and young at heart variety and in such a way that whilst modern it has a superbly old fashioned feel to it that if you are anything like me will take you back to the stories of your childhood is no mean feat. And best of all, the author doesn't shy away from the macabre that so many children delight in.
Whilst begging to be adapted for the big screen this isn't one of those novels that is so obviously written with this in mind. The authors intent clearly being to firstly and fore-mostly write a wonderfully readable story and in this is to be applauded.
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