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Dandelion Clocks Dandelion Clocks by Rebecca Westcott Smith will be loved by fans of Jacueline Wilson Cathy Cassidy or Annabel Pitcher Liv takes us on a journey through her life from Thirteen Weeks Before to Six Months After We discover Liv's passion for photography her brother's obsession with sticking to the rules the stupidity of Moronic Louise at school and how the family copes as Mum's terminal illness takes holdGuided by Mum's own childhood diaries Liv finds a new way to live This book is real funny utterly touching and absolutely heartwarming Despite the sadness at the heart of the story every reader will laugh and keep on turning the pages charmed by Liv and her mum A brilliantly told ultra modern story about a significant six months in eleven year old Olivia's life it should be sold with a large box of tissues Jacueline Wilson

  • Paperback
  • 255 pages
  • Dandelion Clocks
  • Rebecca Westcott
  • English
  • 05 March 2016
  • 9780141348995

About the Author: Rebecca Westcott

Rebecca Westcott was born in Chester She went to Exeter University to train as a teacher and has had a variety of teaching jobs that have taken her to some very interesting places including a Category C male prison She started writing a diary when she was eight years old although she had no idea that one day her entries would be used to help her write a book Rebecca currently teaches in a pri

10 thoughts on “Dandelion Clocks

  1. Emma Emma says:

    Review by BethDandelion Clocks is a caringly written beautiful story for younger readers It looks candidly at the issue of losing a parent when you’re very young and adds into the mix an elder sibling with a developmental disability There’s a realism to Westcott’s novel which I think would be very helpful for young readers who had or were going through the same thing as Rebecca as it is honest without being brutal11 year old Liv grows up through the novel and it’s a painful thing to see At the beginning she’s unbelievably embarrassed by her mum who won’t let her get her ears pierced but as the novel progresses and we and Liv learn the terrible truth about her mum’s terminal illness she grows impressively but the hallmarks of her young age are still present Her emotions are everywhere uncontrollable even and how could blame her? It’s impossible to read this novel without feeling terribly sad for Liv and her older brother Isaac who has Asperger’s SyndromeOnce Liv’s mum dies we see her struggle to come to terms with it and managing even the simplest daily tasks become a challenge I can’t imagine what losing a parent is like but I can’t imagine anyone knows how to handle it very well – let alone an 11 year old child This is an emotional read but by the end of the novel I felt content that Liv would be OK and she would make sure Isaac would be too It’s the kind of novel every school library should stock

  2. Stephanie (Stepping Out Of The Page) Stephanie (Stepping Out Of The Page) says:

    When I was asked whether or not I would like to review Dandelion Clocks I jumped at the chance There seems to be a flood of recent YA books tackling the tough subject that is cancer and this book is another of those Thankfully I think that Dandelion Clocks does add something new to this market and it's something that's definitely worth checking out especially for those on the 'younger' side of the young adult genreDandelion Clocks is a book that is said to appeal to fans of authors such as Jacueline Wilson Cathy Cassidy or Annabel Pitcher With this suggestion you'd assume that it's a book written specifically for middle grade children and I can easily say that yes it is but it I would certainly not hesitate to recommend this book to any older teen or even to any adult I was very pleasantly surprised with the complexity that this book had the author has proven to have such a wonderful ability of reaching across to different age groups Though the content matter is treated so carefully that it's accessible older readers should also appreciate many of the hidden complexities including the relationships in this bookAs aforementioned this is a book that includes many issues than the main one of cancer Our very realistic and likeable protagonist Liv deals with multiple issues in this book and I commend Westcott for managing to handle them all so well with a great sense of care and authenticity In this novel another focus is on Liv's brother who has Asperger's Syndrome this was also fascinating to read about because it taught me about the effect of Asperger's on daily life and it was fantastic to see how Liv helped her brother to try understand some things that those with Aspergers find challenging in fact I'd say that this issue is probably rightly explored with the same amount of focus and poignancy as the cancer storylineWhat stood out to me most with this book is that it's a real coming of age story for Liv I enjoyed seeing her subtly mature in accordance with the things around her I liked seeing how she dealt with everyday issues such as friendships at school Most of all I found it interesting to see how her experience shaped her and had an effect on her and helped on the way to forming her identity and maturity For her age Liv seemed very mature for her age and that is another reason why I believe the older YA fans will like this bookOverall I was very pleasantly surprised by this Dandelion Clocks I didn't expect to love it as much as I did for age reasons I would have never guessed that this was Westcott's debut novel because uite simply it is written with such a lot of care and talent If you like the sound of the blurbsynopsis of this book don't hesitate in picking it up whoever you are I am positive that you'll enjoy it Rebecca Westcott is definitely an author to watch and I'll definitely pick up her next offering

  3. Natasha Natasha says:

    I couldn't put this book down Rebecca Westcott has grasped the eleven year old Olivia Ellis's thoughts and actions perfectly It is by far the most realistic and touching book I have read As you read it it makes you laugh and cry It beautifully shows the love between a family especially a mother and daughter and also the problems with friendship and school She has mixed the dreadful illness that is cancer with Aspergers in one story and has created a breath taking story with them It is a different approach to reading about these illnesses as you look at it from a young girl's point of view who has to watch as other people suffer The ending is the perfect way to sum up how the family dealt with the loss and how they moved on but never forgotDandelion Clocks is one of my favourite books I loved it

  4. Kate Kate says:

    I enjoyed this book It's thought provoking and kept me hooked so I always looked forward to reading the next chapter I completely recommend it to any middle grade reader

  5. Georgi Georgi says:

    This book was breath taking written in a way that left the reader not knowing whether to laugh or cryThe main character is an eleven and a half year old who is coming to grips with growing up The book starts when she is angsty and angry at her mum for being over protective dealing with a brother who has a form of autism and about to receive some shocking news

  6. Charlotte Charlotte says:

    I loved reading this book I could relate to Olivia so well

  7. Kyra (Blog of a Bookaholic) Kyra (Blog of a Bookaholic) says:

    I'm not uite sure how I'm going to be capable of stringing together words that will form a coherent sentence yet alone a coherent review I'm still astounded by the sheer amount of emotions Dandelion Clocks bestowed unto me This book will make you feel I'm still amazed at how average ordinary words formed into a certain sentence can surmount to such a beautiful story that will have you feeling such varying amount of emotions; happiness joyfulness sadness sorrow anger and guilt A story which deals with a daunting subject in such a sensitive touching manner A story that has you laughing at the characters' wit and crying the next because of the pain they must be experiencing and the pain you feel as a reader because you've fallen so in love with the charismatic characters It takes pure genuine talent to create such a beautiful heartfelt piece and Rebecca Westcott has done just thatDandelion Clocks is about eleven year old Liv She has a dad who's a photographer a fourteen year old brother with Aspergers Syndrome and a loving fun mom However Liv's whole world seems to cave in when her mom is diagnosed with a terminal illness As the illness takes hold Liv has to learn to cook put on make up and set new rules for her brother learn to navigate the unfamiliar territory of womanhood and the hardships of growing up Guided by her mom's old journals from her teenage years and through her love for photography Liv learns that although things will never be the same again with the help of the journals and her new camera things might just be okay in the endWhen I received an email from Penguin Publishers offering me a chance to review this book I will at admit that I was stupidly hesitant I tend to avoid books that deal with heavy subjects such as death at all costs However when the infinitesimal amount of fantastic reviews I decided to take the plungechoosing to read this book was one of the best book related decisions that I've ever madeDandelion Clocks was beautiful Everything about this book is brilliant The characters are so funny and lovable the story so heart breakingly honest yet simultaneously uplifting and the writing so pure and stunningly crafted it won't cross your mind to put the book down I seldom read a book in one sitting but Dandelion Clocks was so lovely and so brilliant I didn't want to do anything else until I had savored every wordThe characters in this book are amazing Liv's voice resonates strongly through the story and she's someone a majority of us can relate to The characters all had their own uirks and individual personalities and each of them play an important part in the story I loved them all so much and I couldn't possibly choose a favouriteI love Liv She's so strong and courageous and I really admired how she coped with it She still cried she felt angry at herself and at her mother even though she knew it wasn't her mom's fault She learnt to live again and even though she couldn't always make sense of it all and it shattered her she went on living went on eventually laughing went on trying to stitch her broken heart back together as much as possible Liv is a truly courageous girl and someone we should all look up to The author wrote her in an honest light and I appreciate that she let Liv ask uestions that anyone grieving would ask and that she didn't shy away from tackling some difficult uestionsI love Liv's mom she was so funny and kind and it broke my heart to see her get sick as she was a truly amazing woman Her and Liv shared such a steadfast wonderful bond and it brought tears to my eyes as I could see how Liv loved her mom and I didn't even want to think about Liv not having her mom around anyI love Liv's dad her brother Isaac and her best friend Alice Isaac is fourteen and had Aspergers Syndrome and lives life by the rules that help him understand things I was terrified for him when Rachel got sick as his routine and everyone's hard work in helping him with the rules unravelled as things started changing However he pulled through and I was so happy for him Liv is such a fantastic sister to him She helps him a lot but gets frustrated with him sometime Their sibling relationship is also portrayed in an honest realistic light I love Isaac though I love how he is so literal and I love his sense of humourLiv's dad is fantastic I admire his strength and how he helps Liv and Isaac through the grief that mirrors his ownI love Liv and Alice's friendship Alice is such a good friend to Liv and so understanding In Dandelion Clocks friendship is a strong featureThe story in itself was wonderful especially as I could kind of relate to it When I was 7 my mom was diagnosed with ME Myalgic Encephalomyelitis also called CFS Chronic Fatigue Syndrome There are times especially during her bad relapses that she can't get up for months at a time and it has been really bad in the past where she was almost hospitalised When I was reading this book I completely understood how Liv was feeling as at times I'd felt like that in the past The anger the guilt the helplessness and how you wish for the days when everyone was happy and healthy This book really hit close to home and I think reading this book will help both my mom and I After reading this book I realised just how lucky I am that my mom's illness isn't terminal and to anyone reading it it will really put things into perspectiveThe writing in this book is so touching so personal so utterly heart warming I absolutely loved reading the parts that were snippets from Liv's mom's tweenteen journals they often had me chuckling and Liv's reaction to the things her mom wrote about was absolutely priceless I really was laughing out loud during a lot of parts in this book I laughed than I thought I would I love how Rebecca managed to make this a light hearted amusing read and still have me chortling even though the she was writing about a difficult subjectAlthough the writing also made me laugh it also made me cry I'm not talking about a mere tear trickling down my cheek I'm talking about a constant stream of tears Tears and snot and a blotchy face Do not read this book in public because I can assure you that you will be a sobbing disheveled mess The days leading up to her mom's death and the days after made me sob the hardest Knowing that Liv wouldn't have her mom by her side and when reflecting back on the moments they shared having such an amazing motherdaughter bond one that should never be broken reduced me to a blubbering mess Those scenes were just written so beautifully and will make you fling your arms around your momguardian and just be so thankful that you have her in your life Writing this review is causing tears to form again so I'll round off nowDandelion Clocks has to be one of the best books I've read this year It deals with a highly sensitive subject in such a gentle loving manner I was expecting it to be uite depressing but it was the furthest thing from it It was warm touching funny and a genuine moving novel that sends out a message of hope and encouragement This book made me laugh at the witty talk between the characters the things Isaac would do Liv's mom's diaries and so many other things that made me laugh and warm inside I also cried I sobbed I had to put down the book for a minute to wipe away the tears obscuring my view of the pagesDandelion Clocks is a must read for all people from the ages of 10 onwards It's a fantastic heartfelt book for anyone dealing with grief knows someone dealing with grief or even someone who just wants to read a beautiful storyDandelion Clocks is an astoundingly brilliant gem of a story One that will teach you about the important things in life and how when your world has caved in to not give up but keep on living loving and laughing An inspiring unmissable read

  8. Zara Zara says:

    The book Dandelion Clocks by Rebecca Westcott was published on March 6th 2014 by Puffin UK This story is in the point of view of an 11 year old girl who is going through a hard time ever since she finds out that her mother won’t be living for much longer The protagonist Olivia already has a hard time since her brother has Asperger’s syndrome and encounters many problems with her best friend Alice Once her parents start acting different shes gets suspicious and starts to wonder whats going on But when she finds out it is not what she expected I enjoyed reading this book as I feel like it explored a uite serious topic and its good to look at it at this certain point of viewThe 17th chapter titled ‘Friday’ takes place after the death of her mother This chapter shows how the protagonist handles this loss This is a good example of the serious topic explored in this book as well as an interesting point of view On page 205 she says “People keep asking me how I am but I can’t answer them Not because I don’t want to but because I just don’t know It all seems so unreal” This line shows some of the emotions she is feeling and if you know someone going through something similar it can help you empathise with them Throughout the book the character goes through many problems which could be relatable for some and could help them solve their problemsOverall I think this book is very good and interesting I give it 4 out of 5 stars only because I have read books which were better I would recommend this book to kids aged 10 14 since the topics are too serious for kids younger than 10 and it might be a bit of an easy read if your 14 or older This book taught me that at some point things will get better No matter how bad they might seem and some point they will get better and you will be happier I really enjoyed reading this book

  9. Adella Suwandhi Adella Suwandhi says:

    This book is simply beautiful I love it It really pictures the life of an eleven year old named Olivia who had to let her mother go because she was ill At first she was tired of her mother's strict rules and thought that her mother was un cool like other mothers But as the time went on she finally managed to let herself in to her mothers life and let her mother get into her life With the help of her mother's diaries Olivia survived school and her everyday life by knowing that someone understandsBut all the rainbows changed to dark clouds when her mother fell ill and had to go back and forth to the hospital so she had to leave her family alone Until one day she didn't go back to them at allThis book tells us to live our lives like we meant it That we have no control when it comes to life and death conditions But what we can do is lift our chin up carry the memories we made and move on

  10. Amelia Amelia says:

    This book is funny touching heart warming and overall real Despite Liv and her family's sadness everyone who reads the book will laugh cry and keep coming back to the book Although this book should really just be bought with a box of tissues I would recommend the book to anyone who enjoys books such as John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars or Zoe Sugg’s Girl Online Although the book could be recommended for a wide range of people whose interests include medicine photography friendship family and the everyday life of a teenage girl dealing with usual issues  I first read this book in Year 7 after it fell on my head when I was looking for something to read Instead of getting severe brain damage I read this book and my life changed forever With intriguing family aspects contemporary themes and an amazing story arc for the characters It is written perfectly

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