Life is not going well for reluctant penpals Luke and Elma, so they invent new, more glamorous lives for themselves in their correspondance, little realising how similar their true lives actually are...
Category: Children's fiction
Friendships, Boy/Girl/Teen Relationships
Two schools, one in Ireland and one in England, have decided to set up a pen-pal programme between their pupils. Luke is hoping to get an English boy to write to, but instead he gets stuck with Elma, who would prefer an Irish girl as her penpal. Reluctantly, the two begin their correspondence.
Life is not going well for either Luke or Elma, so they invent new, more glamorous lives for themselves in their letters, little realising how similar their true lives actually are.
However, when things take a turn for the worse, Elma has no one to confide in except Luke. He offers some useful advice and in turn tells the truth about his life and family.
Together they realise that things are beginning to look up....
'Written in a lively, humourous and very readable style. It is both enjoyable and relevant and deal with several issues in a sensitive and amusing way. Could be used effectively as a class novel for either single sex or co-ed schools with lots of scope for guided discussion and more informal debate.'
'A fantastic read'
'The Journal series offers girls stories they can easily identify with'
'a charming tale' 'a cleverly crafted story'
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