‘When Billy Wild’s teacher asks the class to write a letter to their god, Billy’s request is simple: Please send me a dog. So when he discovers a greyhound hiding in the shed, he decides someone must really be listening. With the help of his brothers, Billy sets out to hide her from Dad, who’s far too stressed to add a dog to the mix. But keeping a greyhound a secret is a difficult task, and when Billy’s classmate Paris enters them all in a local talent show, it becomes even harder! Billy must make a big, brave, wild decision – but it’s one that might save Dog and hundreds like her. And it might just make him incredible…’
I am a huge fan of Joanna Nadin’s writing. Her child’s voice is wonderfully authentic and she aces her portrayal of the world through a child’s eye. I love the way Billy sees the flaws in the adult characters, casually highlighting their prejudices and small mindedness and showing the reader the error of their ways. This is a book about looking below the surface, showing that there’s always more than what you can see. The adults have lost the ability to see this and to understand, leaving the children to question things and make their own connections. They are the heroes of their own stories. And this celebration of children gives me a lot of hope. It shows me a generation brave enough to question and to stand up for what is right.
The Incredible Billy Wild is about family and friendship and finding your place in the world and the strength to be yourself. It’s about finding your people. The people who care about you for who you are, who bring out the best in you and encourage you to be the best version of yourself. It’s a warm, accessible and funny celebration of finding faith in yourself. I can’t recommend it enough!
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Source – kindly sent for review by the publisher.