The Weight of a Thousand Feathers

Author – Brian Conaghan36578967

Age – 14+

Bobby loves his mum and his little brother Danny. Mum has worsening Multiple Sclerosis and Danny is well… challenging. Bobby is up early, tending to his mum and making sure Danny is up, dressed, fed and ready for school. At only 17 Bobby is still at school himself and does his best whilst trying not to worry about mum on her own at home.

When Bobby is offered a place at a young carer’s group, he balks at first. He doesn’t want to sit in a circle with a bunch of whingers and ‘woe is me’s.’ He doesn’t resent looking after his mum no matter how hard it is getting.

The group turns out to be just what he needed. Somewhere to be and have some fun without worrying about home. But one guy (Lou) is making him feel things he has never felt before. When Lou tells him a secret, Bobby wonders if he can share his own.

A heart-breaking, funny, moving, beautiful story about a caring young teen and the love for his mum. This award-winning author will capture you on the first page and not let you go until the last. I didn’t want to put it down and read deep into the night.

(Grief, Family, Carer, Multiple Sclerosis, LGBT, Relationships)

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