About the Book
Unlike her drama-queen twin sister, Charlie Franks is always fine. At least she is until she must start a new school, finds out she can’t ride her new horse, and gets told that her Mum has something totally weird wrong with her.
Charlie’s not A-OK. Not at all.
And she can’t see how things are ever going to get better.
‘Charlie Franks is A-OK’ is the sequel to ‘Love and Muddy Puddles’ and is Australian author Cecily Anne Paterson’s fourth novel.
If you’re a brave-hearted girl who loves family, friends, horses, adventure and the challenge of finding what you’re good at, this is the book for you. Charlie Franks is A-OK is the sequel to Love and Muddy Puddles, the first book in the Coco and Charlie Franks series, and the fourth novel by Australian author, Cecily Anne Paterson. It won the CALEB writing prize in 2017. Cecily’s first teen novel, Invisible, also set in Australia, was a semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in 2014 and she has had three other books shortlisted in the CALEB and SparkLit writing prizes.
FIVE STAR WINNER!!
What a lovely follow-on from Cecily’s first book in this series. As the first book ‘Love and Muddy Puddles’ came from the viewpoint of Coco, it was delightful to read this cool story from Charlie’s point of view.
Indeed, what a gentle, thoughtful, and brave-hearted girl Charlie Franks is. And what an example she is to other tweens and teens. I don’t doubt the courage of Coco; however, her attitudes were hopelessly misguided as is the case for many teens today. Peer pressure, bullying, and constantly worrying what others think about us seem to be the norm in society these days. Once again, I thoroughly enjoyed the ‘Australianness’ (think that’s a word) of this book, the use of appropriate teenage lingo, and the gorgeous descriptions of Kangaroo Valley. This book and the previous one have been huge learning curves for me … finally, I sort of get what those young ones are saying 😉
Although this story came from Charlie’s viewpoint, I felt the continual presence and involvement of all other characters. Brilliantly written. Adults will love this book just as much as the children will.
About the Author
Cecily Paterson grew up as an expat in Pakistan until the age of 16. She went to a British day school and then an international boarding school, so her accent has always been a bit of a mix.
She studied French, law, and politics at university before getting into editing, where she’s stayed ever since.
Cecily has wanted to be a bestselling author since the age of 8 when she won the White Essay Cup at her school, beating 10 and 11-year olds to the prize.
She writes (mostly) contemporary, warm-hearted fiction for girls aged 11-14.
She is the mother of four children and lives in a beautiful little tourist town in New South Wales, Australia.