A poignant story about dealing with grief through the magic of reading and friendship. Calypso's mum died a few years ago and her emotionally incompetent Dad can't, or won't, talk about Mum at all.
Instead he throws himself into writing his book A History of the Lemon.
Meanwhile the house is dusty, there's never any food in the fridge, and Calypso retreats into her own world of books and fiction.
When a new girl, Mae, arrives at school, the girls' shared love of reading and writing stories draws them together.
Mae's friendship and her lively and chaotic home - where people argue and hug each other - make Calypso feel more normal than she has for a long time.
But when Calypso finally plucks up the courage to invite Mae over to her own house, the girls discover the truth about her dad and his magnum opus - and Calypso's happiness starts to unravel. 'A story of great warmth and emotional wisdom' LINDA NEWBERY
5AK Interest age: from c 9 years, YFA Classic fiction (Children's / Teenage), YFB General fiction (Children's / Teenage), YFN Family & home stories (Children's / Teenage), YXFD Personal & social issues: divorce, separation, family break-up (Children's / Teenage), YXG Personal & social issues: death & bereavement (Children's / Teenage)