by Brian Conaghan
Secondary List 2018-19
Caution! 13+! Not suitable for readers under 13!
So far we have received 5 reviews of The Weight of a Thousand Feathers.
You can read them below. Why not add your own review?
sam from Year 8, The Armthorpe Academy:
i like the cover and the blurb sound really interesting.i cant wait to read this book and put a full review on it when i do it.
Ms Reid from Year 13:
A believable relationship between the mother and son/carer. The book tackled lots of issues with humour and sympathy in a realistic setting and left you with hope for their future. Lots of very funny incidents which relieved the difficult situations.
Olivia from Year 11, The Armthorpe Academy:
17 year old Bobby Seed has too much on his plate. Any time not spent at school doing A Levels is spent at home looking after his mother, who suffers from MS, and his younger brother Danny, who has his own needs. When Bobby's school counsellor suggests he joins a young carers' support group, he is torn between the desire to have some time away from his responsibilities and the guilt at not being there for his family. He decides to give it a go - with his best friend Bel helping out at home while he's away. And so he meets a group of scared and lost teens, hiding their fear behind a wall of cynicism. On top of everything else, Bobby finds himself falling for the group's American bad boy, Lou - he's never really had the luxury of time nor headspace to even think about romance before. But then his mother asks him to do something for her, and Bobby Seed is never the same again. The Weight of a Thousand Feathers was an emotional and powerful read - not surprising given the topic. What was surprising was just how much humour there was in the book. A large part of how Bobby related to his Mum and to Bel was through humour - who would have thought that the last line of a book about teen carers and euthanasia would make me laugh out loud?! Early on I was struck by the realisation that my Mam is of a similar age to Bobby's mum - same taste in music, same cultural references - which helped crank up the empathy on my part This book could be a powerful aid in an ethics class on euthanasia, but definitely one for older students: on top of some very upsetting interactions between Bobby and his mum, there are also a few scenes of drug taking. I would definitely recommend this book to older teens who like to keep a box of tissues handy when reading!
Jahawaria from Year 9, Dixons Cottingley Academy:
The book was really awesome and emotional and I really loved it until Lou went back to America and he was never thought about again by Bobby.
Atika from Year 8, Dixons Cottingley Academy:
I really enjoyed the book and I have to say it's probably my favourite mainly because of how realistic the characters are (excluding Lou) and how well the book tackles the difficult and taboo themes in it. I also loved seeing a main character with many flaws without them taking up a large part of the story.