Goodnight, Boy by Nikki Sheehan is a small book in that, like a Sarah Crossan, it is sparse, poetic, considered. But it is also huge beyond compare. In heart, in depth and in hope. It is one I will come back to again and again.
‘A tale of two very different worlds, both shattered by the loss of loved ones. Tragic, comic and full of hope, thanks to a dog called Boy. The kennel has been JC’s home ever since his new adoptive father locked him inside. For hours on end, JC sits and tells his dog Boy how he came to this country: his family, the orphanage and the Haitian earthquake that swept everything away. When his adoptive mother Melanie rescues him, life starts to feel normal again. Until JC does something bad, something that upset his new father so much that he and Boy are banished to the kennel. But as his new father gets sicker, JC realizes they have to find a way out. And so begins a stunning story of a boy, a dog and their journey to freedom.’
Nikki Sheehan’s writing has that beautiful mix of humour, tragedy and hope. She has balanced it perfectly; the resilience and positivity of JC set against the cruelty and suffering around him is so moving, it left me staring at the last blank page and dealing with a fierce book hangover. Goodnight, Boy is a special book and it will stay with me for a very long time.
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Source – kindly sent for review by the publisher.