Sorrel Fallowfield is so good at being good that teachers come to her when they need help remembering the school rules – and there are LOTS. Luckily, Sorrel doesn’t have any trouble following them, until the day she discovers a faded packet of Surprising Seeds buried under a tree in her backyard. Now she’s hearing voices, seeing things, experiencing an almost unstoppable urge to plant the Seeds in some very unusual places… and completely failing…

‘Bloom’ is the first book by author Nicola Skinner and it is ‘BLOOMING’ with brilliance… see what I did there? This is the most perfect book for Easter, but don’t expect any bunnies or jaunty egg hunts here, no no. This is a love of nature making a stand and trying to break out of its concrete prison and it needs you to ‘use your head’ to do it. BUY NOW

Ok let’s go…

3 Things: Nature, Standing up, GRITTYSNIT!

Nature – To put it lightly there is none, not in the village where Sorrel Farrowfield And Neena live. But this wasn’t the case years ago. You see, back in the day, Agatha Strangeways (former resident who passed away years ago) used to live in and tend to the village nurturing the land filling it with beautiful plants and trees. But it all changed when she was duped by the money-hungry Valentini family into selling the land which was then swiftly destroyed in favour of concrete and buildings.

But Agatha is angry, no she’s beyond angry. She’s VENGEFUL. Her love for the land was so pure and powerful that it seeped into the very soil, even the seeds! And it’s these seeds that Agatha left behind all those years ago for someone to find. And it will bring nature back in magical (and inconvenient) ways you never thought were possible.

Standing Up – I love that this book highlights the importance of STANDING UP, and no I don’t mean in favour of sitting down, but standing up for your rights rather than bowing to conformity and saying nothing just to fit in. Young people have immense power and it should be wielded, not suppressed.

Neena knows this and feels strongly that the nasty Mr Grittysnit should not be manipulating the school children into following the rules distracting them from the fact he is riding the school the only field to play on in favour of a new exam hall… because who needs another one of those!!

And speaking of Grittysnit…

GRITTYSNITMay obedience shape you. May conformity mold you. May rules polish you. – This is the boiling cauldron of dog vomit of a school motto put in place by controlling and small minded HeadTeacher Mr Grittysnit and it is enough to send shivers up your spine. He is truly awful.

This really is a wonderful book and I think quite an important one. Not only does it show how vital it is that you use your voice to stand up for your friends and beliefs but that when you do and fight against conformity, you to will BLOOM just like those funny little seeds I mentioned earlier. You’ll have to read the book to find out what I mean.

I know it is aimed at 10+ but adults can learn a thing or two from this book. Nicola has a fantastically quirky sense of humour and this book is riddled with it, like a description of ‘laminating’ like I’ve never heard before. And I LOVE the cover!

Some of my favourite quotes…

Sid nodded to himself. ‘This needs Biscuits,’ he said, turning around abruptly and walking back inside. Neena and I looked at each other. I shrugged and followed him. He obviously had something to say. Plus, you know, biscuits.

If you love something properly, you can always make it flourish.

When you’ve read ‘Bloom’ come back here and let me know what you think in the comments. I also had the opportunity to interview Nicola Skinner right here on Stoomio which you can read here.

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