BLOG TOUR: Elle McNicoll

A Kind of Spark: a wonderful main character delivering an incredibly important message

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“A KIND OF SPARK tells the story of 11-year-old Addie as she campaigns for a memorial in memory of the witch trials that took place in her Scottish hometown. Addie knows there’s more to the story of these ‘witches’, just like there is more to hers. Can Addie challenge how the people in her town see her, and her autism, and make her voice heard?”

A Kind Of Spark is the story of Addie, a young autistic girl who knows that dolphins are not as cool as everyone says they are (she thinks sharks are WAY cooler!). The story follows her as she starts to learn about witches at school and realises that her little Scottish town had some involvement in early witch hunts. She decides she needs to do something about it, but obviously she comes to realise that that’s not as easy as she hopes and she has to combat a LOT of things to try and achieve what she’s set out for.

This book is one of those gorgeous books that comes along every now and again and they show you the world through the eyes of someone who experiences it differently to you.  A Kind of Spark has the potential to show so many adults and children how others see the world and to make us think with more empathy. This is a brilliant story as well as being something that will make you think. It’s a story that could open some brilliant conversations with children. 

I loved the character of Addie. She’s unapologetic, she’s determined and she will fight for what she believes in, regardless of what’s thrown at her. She’s a wonderful voice for standing up for what you believe in and standing up for yourself. She embraces herself and she shows that being different is a special and wonderful thing!

I’d just like to take a moment here to say the teacher in this story ENRAGED me. Absolutely enraged me. 

I really love that this book is an own voices book (it’s written from first hand experience). I think it’s so important that new voices, and own voices especially, get a spotlight shone on them! I look forward to seeing what else Elle writes in the future because I devoured this book and needed more from it when I was finished. I reckon Addie and Elle are both forces to be reckoned with! 

My Goodreads review:

Man, that was brilliant. I am FURIOUS with the teacher, absolutely raging. But Addie is a lush main character. Her voice and the voice of so many others like her deserve to be listened to. This is a brilliant story and it’s got some incredible messages to deliver about the wonder in being different, standing up for what’s right and the importance of listening to each other.

A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll is out now published by Knights Of, priced £6.99 in paperback original. You can preorder A Kind of Spark via Round Table Books (which is the cutest little indie book shop in the world FYI): Preorder link – Round Table Books

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Check out the rest of the blog tour below and get yourself a copy of this book: I adored it so much!

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A massive thanks to the publishers Knights Of and Ed PR for sending me a copy of this book early. It has a very special part in my classroom library now!

S x



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