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3.42  ·  Rating details ·  57 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
A beautiful, extraordinary first novel for children from a unique storyteller. Growing up on a Highland farm in a totally white community, 11-year-old 'Maybe' MacPherson hates her mixed-race roots: she is half Celtic and half Nigerian Ibo. But everything changes when her beloved father is killed in a car accident. Faced with running the farm herself and coping with her gri ...more
Published July 4th 2003 by MacMillan UK (first published 2002)
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Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

Molly 'Maybe' MacPhearson loves her life on her farm with her family and her cows, all who have names. But Maybe is starting to grow up and realising that with a Nigerian father and Irish mother, she's a bit different to the others around her in her Scottish village. As Maybe is trying to accept her family and differences, tragedy strikes and Maybe's father dies. As she tries to keep everything together, Strawgirl magically comes into Maybe's life and might just help her save the farm.

Overall, this was a very warm, adventurous, feel-good kind of story - I would have loved it as a kid and still enjoyed it now. There were lots of things I really liked about it: the authentic descriptions of farm life (I adored the cows and how much time and personality they were given!), the POC/Scots main character and all the issues that came with that, the realistic portrayal of grief, friendships, family, bullies old and young, and the importance of being yourself and standing up for what y ...more
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Magical, but not too fantastical.
Dealt with a lot of issues in a very readable, accessible way.
Mary Ann
May 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is quite a mixture of realistic fiction and fantasy. The product of a biracial marriage, 'Maybe', must wrestle with being bullied, the death of her father, and the possible loss of where she lives. For anyone who ever has an 'imaginary friend' or has a child who has/had one, this is a story to touch your heart strings.
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Nerissa by: The £1 sticker on the cover
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This is a beautiful and well-written book. I was spellbound at the very beginning! The original plot is not really desirable but but the writer has done a really good job to make it out of the ordinary by adding bits of magic, sadness and humour in. It deserves a better rating.
Alison Kagen
Good, well written. Has a slightly odd tone, which I think is not being certain whether it's for children or adults. But out of the ordinary, for sure.
Stefanie Stokes
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
This was a beautiful and inventive story about how different people cope with grief. The characters were relateable, the villains realistic and the story and setting were very charming.
Hasini (Ink On Paper)
I was spellbound throughout the whole book! Very beautiful!
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Born in Glasgow in 1961 to a Scottish mother and a Nigerian father, Kay was adopted by a white couple, Helen and John Kay, as a baby. Brought up in Bishopbriggs, a Glasgow suburb, she has an older adopted brother, Maxwell as well as siblings by her adoptive parents.

Kay's adoptive father worked full-time for the Communist Party and stood for election as a Member of Parliament, and her adoptive moth
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