Ellie's mum has depression. Her sister has learning disabilities. Sometimes the family struggle to cope and Ellie has to deal with the unkindness and bullying of some at school. Then she meets new neighbour Ruth and is inspired by the stories of her work with mentally ill people in Africa. She is intrigued by Ruth's story of Jamala, a girl the same age as Ellie, and realises that Jamala's family and her own have similar problems and solutions. Ellie decides it's time to make things better for families like hers and comes up with a project that inspires understanding and kindness in those around her.
Suggested reader age: 11+
A Strawberry Jam Books title. Strawberry Jam Books produces stories and fun resources for children from preschool to 12 that promote kindness, friendship, acceptance of differences and disabilities and understanding of ourselves and others.
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