Finding Cherokee Brown by Siobhan Curham, published by Electric Monkey on 4th March 2013
When I decided to write a
book about my life I thought I'd have to make loads of stuff up. I
mean, who wants to read about someone like me?
But as soon as I
started writing, the weirdest thing happened. I found out I wasn't who I
thought I was. And I stopped being scared. Then everything went crazy!
of all, I discovered that when you finally decide to be brave it's like
waving a wand over your life - the most magical things can happen . .
I thoroughly enjoyed Siobhan Curham's debut 'Dear Dylan' which was published last year, so I've been looking forward to reading more from her ever since. 'Finding Cherokee Brown' is another great title which I read in one sitting because it was such a brilliant story.
It centres on fifteen year old Claire Weeks who decides that she is going to write a story about her life after finding an old copy of a book called 'So you want to write a novel?'. What starts off as an attempt to escape from her day to day life, soon turns into something even more powerful and life changing when she discovers a huge family secret which makes her question everything she thought she knew about herself.
Claire aka Cherokee was a great main character. Curham can really write people who you warm to instantly and feel enormous empathy for. She has several issues to deal with in the book, one being the fact that she is bullied at her school. This is something that a lot of people have faced at one point or another in their lives and I enjoyed seeing her finally decide to fight back and not let the bullies get away with it. I thought it was interesting that one of her teachers fails to deal with the teens who are taunting her. It shows that even adults sometimes suffer confidence issues, feel powerless and cannot stand up against other people.
Claire feels like she doesn't fit in with her family, since her mother remarried and had twins. Throughout the book she gradually learns that everyone has the power to change their own life and that wonderful things can happen when you take control of your own destiny.
Anbody being bullied or bullying others should read this book because it features a truly inspirational heroine and has a powerful message to convey about the power of both the written and spoken word. It is also moving, poignant and funny and is another great title from a fantastic author.