Binny for Short
Hodder Children's Books
Hilary McKay excels at exploring familial relationships and settings and, as we have come to expect from her work, Binny for Short is a sensitive, funny and perceptive look at how children find their place within their family and the forces that help shape their identity. In this story, Binny and her two siblings experience their father's death, as well as their grandmother's demise. Most painful for Binny, however, is the despatching of her beloved dog by her aunt to another owner. Her family have miscalculated as Binny's stubbornness means she refuses to accept the loss of her dog and it is her continued attempts to find out what happened to him that, eventually, both helps save her life and restores her perspective on the father she has lost. As well as a story about love, loss and identity, Binny for Short is a great adventure story as the family explores its new seaside home and the siblings develop new friendships. Funny, moving and beautifully delivered. Ages 9+ /304 pages.