July 18, 2014 by Bernadette ~ The Bumbling Bookworm
Today’s book I’ve chosen is Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty, another favourite of mine since high school 🙂 The cover’s not great but don’t let that stop you! It’s written almost entirely through letters and notes, it’s a really effective way of storytelling. This one is part of the Ashbury/Brookfield series, and I highly recommend all books in the series if you have the time.
Dear Ms Clarry,
It is with great pleasure that we invite you to join our Society.
We have just found out about your holiday. It is so impressive! You had four assignments, an English essay and a chapter of Maths to do. And you didn’t do one single piece of homework! Fabulous!
Also we have a feeling that you have a History test today. And you’re trying to study now? On the bus? With the Brookfield boys climbing onto each other's shoulders to get to the emergency roof exit? And with Celia about to get on the bus at any moment? And you think that’s going to make a difference!!! That’s really very amusing, Elizabeth. We like you for it. You're perfect for our Society and we’re very excited about having you join.
Society of People who are Definitely Going to Fail High School
(and Most Probably Life as Well!)
Life is pretty complicated for Elizabeth Clarry. Her best friend Celia has disappeared, her absent father has reappeared and her communication with her mother depends entirely on fridge notes. And now, because her English teacher wants to rekindle the Joy of the Envelope, a Complete and Utter Stranger knows more about Elizabeth than anyone else. But Elizabeth is on the threshold of change. She is about to lose a friend, find a friend, fall in love and taste wine that smells like compost. A lot can happen in the time it takes to write a letter…