Written with sensitivity, humour and a lightness of touch, HEART-SHAPED is a companion to Siobhan Parkinson's highly-acclaimed novel, BRUISED - for fans of Meg Rosoff, Aidan Chambers and David Levithan.
Annie makes a startling discovery one day - and everything changes. She fears for the safety of her boyfriend Jonno, who has vanished, knowing he is in desperate trouble. Feeling alone, she clings to her dad, her only parent, but he can't fill in all the gaps in the puzzle that is Annie's life. Nor can her best friend. To do that, Annie has to look into her past and understand who her mother was, what happened to her and why.
So the truth behind Jonno's disappearance - which is the story in BRUISED - becomes a mirror for what's happening in Annie's own life. The reader is desperate for him to come back, so that Annie can fully fit the pieces of her existence back together.
Siobhán Parkinson is a novelist and one of Ireland's best-known writers for children. She has won bagfuls of awards and nominations, and her books have been translated around the world. In 2010 Siobhán was appointed the first ever Irish Children's Laureate.
Poignancy is nicely balanced by wit and literary allusion. — Irish Times
The central voice is extremely engaging. — Bookseller
The characterisation is sharp and strong, the settings very skilfully etched, the storyline compelling ... — Robert Dunbar
A richness and complexity. — INIS
very difficult to put down. The reader is drawn in... and needs to know how it ends. — Carousel
Believable and heart-rending story. — Independent on Sunday
**** — Books For Keeps
Excellent... extremely moving. — Scottish Daily Record
Parkinson writes with a light and witty touch, making Heart Shaped a captivating read. — Manchester Evening News
The strength of the novel lies in Parkinson's ability to balance seriousness of theme with entertaining moments... clever stuff. — Irish Times
The full picture of love, death and everything in-between... a touching story. — Daily Post
Will suit young teen readers bridging the gap between the domestic dramas of Jacqueline Wilson and the grittier world of young adult books. — Booktrust
A good book for lower KS3, with lots to think about and a very strong underlying story. — School Librarian
Contemporary Dublin provides the setting for the engaging story of a young teenager and her efforts to recover from her nightmares. — Irish Times
'The characterisation is sharp and strong, the settings very skilfully etched, the storyline compelling ...' — Robert Dunbar