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Dallas's life was turned upside down the day her mum was killed in a traffic accident. Now she lives with her brothers, step-sister and her mum's partner Gemma in a too-small house filled with bickering and grief. As the end of primary school approaches, Dallas learns that the local library has run out of funding and will soon be closing. Dallas decides she cannot let anot ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 4th 2019 by Andersen Press
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Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
A strong 3.5 stars! I was part of the Bookstagram blog tour for this book.

Lost For Words is a middle-grade novel about eleven-year-old Dallas, whose mother sadly passes away leaving behind her and her younger siblings. She used to be a strong activist, so when Dallas finds out about the local library being marked for closure, she decides to create a campaign to save it. Getting her friends and siblings together to help isn't easy, especially when Dallas's aunt arrives from the US in the hope of
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Tika
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review coming Tuesday!
Kirsty Stanley
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Although eleven year old Dallas takes on the council in her attempt to save the local library this is really a story about family. And Dallas’ family has been rocked by tragedy.

This story is told from Dallas’ point of view and through her we explore grief, challenging family dynamics, friendship and a dabbling in politics. From her very first school debate on Brexit 😂, to her clashes with the council, Dallas grows in confidence - but will it be enough?

This is a middle grade story but
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Catherine Barter
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was really excited to read this, because I LOVED Too Close to Home - and it didn't disappoint, at all.

Where to start? This is such a beautiful story. It's about friendship, families, love, loss, and library closures. There are some big topics here but Aoife Walsh handles them all with such a light touch. Our main character, Dallas Kelly (how I wish my own name was Dallas Kelly, so cool), is brilliant and believable. She's mixed up but she's working stuff out, she stands up for things but she n
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L.H. Johnson
I have such a lot of time for what Aoife Walsh does, and so when I was offered a review copy of Lost For Words I leapt at the chance. Every now and then I still think about the messy wonderful loving and truthful families she writes (take a look at Too Close To Home for a lovely example of this) and so I couldn't wait to read her new title. So I did, and reader? It's lovely. Lovely, lovely, lovely.

Dallas Kelly lives in chaotic circumstances; her family are dealing with a close bereavement, a com
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Nikki
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this powerful contemporary middle grade story about families and grief and saving libraries. The three main kids it revolves around are just fantastic. They are mischievous and fun, but also dealing with their own nonsense. In many ways Dallas is pretty self absorbed, thought I totally get why, but I love her little moments with Ruby and Aiza when they actually talk about stuff. And I ADORE their fights wi
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Hannah Middleton
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Slightly idealised ending aside, this is a warm-hearted, funny & poignant family/friendship drama with lively, likeable characters. Touches on some serious themes but keeps the tone light. A delightfully quirky & enjoyable read.
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