A Snail's Broken Shell

A Snail's Broken Shell


Ann Kelley

ISBN: 9781906817404

Binding: paperback

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For the first time in years Gussie can run, climb and jump. Every breath she takes is easier now, and every step more confident, but Gussie can't help wondering about her donor. Was she young? Had she been very sick or was there an accident? 

And with her new life comes a whole new set of problems. She is going back to school at last - but she doesn't know anyone her own age, with the exception of Siobhan, the girl she hates most in the world. With school not meeting up to her expectations, Gussie turns to her old pastimes of birdwatching and photography, but troubling news awaits her there too. 

And then lightning strikes and Gussie must act at once...


The world of life and death, beauty and truth seen through the eyes of a 12 year old girl. A rare and beautiful book of lasting quality - we felt this book is a voice that needs to be heard and read. Costa Award Judges on The Bower Bird

Lyrical, funny, full of wisdom.  The Guardian on The Bower Bird

Gussie will win the hearts of readers.  School Library Journal