23 Mar If a Book Were a Song #11 ‘The Other Christy’ by Oliver Phommavanh
If a Book Were a Song #11
THE OTHER CHRISTY by Oliver Phommavanh (Penguin Random House Australia 2016)
Christy has always been known as ‘The Other Christy’ by her classmates at school. It’s hard to be noticed when the other Christie is constantly in the limelight. As a result, Christy feels invisible. It’s not a very nice place to be, especially when she’s grappling with the cultural changes between home and school. That is, until she decides to do some baking for her classmates. Gently encouraged by her Auntie Mayly, Christy begins to discover that generosity can lead to a growth in confidence and profile. An unlikely friendship begins to form.
The Other Christy exposes a different side of funny man Oliver Phommavanh. The story is sensitively written, and told with a deep understanding of culture, with the humour scattered delicately atop like sprinkles on a cupcake. The story will rouse questions of identity, family and cultural upbringing.
IF THIS BOOK WERE A SONG …
Family. Friendship. Identity. Ultimately uplifting.
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