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All the Fun of the Fair by Caroline Hulse

Genre: Fiction
Source: Compulsive Readers
Rating: 4/5
Publisher: Orion Books
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About The Book

The Fair is the only good thing that happens every year. And Fiona Larson is the only person in town who’s never been.
She’s pretended to go – but she’s never been allowed. Because, before Fiona was even born, her sister died there.
This year, everything will be different.
Fiona is about to turn twelve – older than her sister was. This summer, Fiona will save some money, make new friends, and finally have some fun at The Fair.
But what she’ll actually do is:

  • Find a mysterious bag in a bush
  • Spy on everyone
  • Lose her only friend
  • Make a lot of lists
  • Learn the truth about what happened at The Fair…

My Thoughts

How many times as a child you wanted to go somewhere and it was forbidden because you were simply too young to decide?
This is a book easy to relate to and to feel connected to the main character Fiona Larson, a young girl that her only dream is to go to the fair and discover why her sister died.
Full of lists and dreams, it will not be difficult to love Fiona, she is bright and full of hope, as any other child she only wants to be loved and be cared by their parents. But this is not the case of Fiona, she lives with the “perfect” sister, that passed away and now it’s impossible to fit her shoes in her parents eyes.
We’ll see Fiona’s problems at school, where she’ll try to fit but not totally understand why there are mean girls that make her life complicated.
This is a refreshing and original story, with an innocent view of the life that still has the hope that everything will get better while she can go to the fair, the dreamed and perfect fair.
I really enjoyed the family portrait that the author, Caroline Hulse, has created, not perfect or horrible; only real. A way to show the reader the view from a young child, an amazing way to remember us, the adults that sometimes there’s not grey in the world but only black and white, the way the little ones see the world. Happy or sad, there’s not a mid term, at least not yet for a while!
A sweet and lovely story to disconnect this summer, let Fiona entertain you with her lists!
Are you ready for “All the Fun of the Fair”?


About The Author

Caroline Hulse lives in Manchester with her husband and a small controlling dog.
She is the author of The Adults, Like a House on Fire, and All the Fun of the Fair.
Her books have been published in fourteen languages and optioned for television.