The Summer We Turned Green
Shortlisted for the Laugh Out Loud Book Awards 2023!
A fresh, funny, heartfelt look at this generation’s must-win battle: one earth, one chance.
It’s the summer holidays, and thirteen-year-old Luke’s life has been turned upside down. First his older sister Rose moved ‘across the road’, where a community of climate rebels is protesting the planned airport expansion. Then his dad followed her.
Dad only went to get Rose back, but now he’s out there building totem poles, wearing sandals and drinking mead (whatever that is) with the best of them…
Can Luke save his family when all they want to do is save the planet?
‘Hilarious, acutely observed and deeply felt, Sutcliffe’s new novel is part biting satire on nimbyism and adult complacency, part impassioned call: take action now, before it’s too late.’ GUARDIAN
‘This is the perfect book to inspire action against the climate crisis and to lift your spirits.’ SCOTSMAN
‘A heartfelt, well-observed, gripping family drama, as well as a call to arms.’ SUNDAY TIMES Children’s Book of the Week
Dangerously funny ... Sutcliffe is gifted and talented. I hope the prizes flood in * Alex O'Connell, The Times Children's Book of the Week on THE GIFTED, THE TALENTED AND ME * So, so funny and recognisable - I immediately forced it on my 14-year-old * Jenny Colgan, Sunday Times bestselling author, on THE GIFTED, THE TALENTED AND ME * What a wonderful book! It made me chortle, and I never chortle. So, so refreshing and charming and believable. I loved this book * Max Porter, award-winning author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers and Lanny, on THE GIFTED, THE TALENTED AND ME * The Gifted, the Talented and Me made me cry with laughter. A comic novel like this is a gift to the nation, and Will Sutcliffe's teenage Sam, struggling to adapt as his family moves to privileged, pretentious Hampstead and enrols him in a progressive London school is the best book he has written for a decade. He, David Nicholls and Joe Dunthorne are part of a tradition that goes back to PG Wodehouse, and which has never been more needed by readers young and old * Amanda Craig, journalist and author of The Lie of the Land, on THE GIFTED, THE TALENTED AND ME *
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