Jim and his family have halted by Dundray and the education people have been round mouthing the law. In school the Traveller kids suffer at the hands of teachers and other pupils alike, called 'tinker-stinkers', 'dirty gyps' and worse. Then the punches start. The only friendly face is Kit, a settled girl who takes Jim under her wing and teaches him to read in the great cathedral chamber of the cave below the town. With Kit and the reading, Jim seems to have found a way to exist in Dundray, but everyday prejudice and a shocking act of violence see his life uprooted once again.
This graphic novel was a quick read but at the same time I found it to be very touching. The story is illustrated beautifully by Emma Shoard in an extremely unique style which helps to bring life to Siobhan Dowd's words. Apparently this was originally published as part of an anthology which I would be interested to read.
The story is about a traveller boy or a Pavee as he is known, who develops a new friendship with a non-traveller or a Buffer girl. Jim and Kit are both outsiders but the relationship that forms between them, helps each of them to feel less alone. As Jim has never properly attended school before, Kit helps him to learn to read and gives him the gift of words. However, when something terrible happens, everything changes.
I found the ending quite sad but at the same time it was tinged with hope for the future. I would recommend this title if you are looking for something short but moving to read.