The Family on the Other Side of My Street

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Hachette Children's Group, 2022 - Juvenile Fiction - 336 pages
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From Onjali Q. Rauf, author of The Boy at the Back of the Class, comes another incredible story, told with humour and heart. Touching on the challenges navigated by children caring for loved ones at home, this story brings into focus their hardships and worries, alongside the unexpected, invisible sources of kindness which can change their lives.'It's funny that I'm named after a movie star. If I ever became one, I would probably win every award on the planet, because I have to act every single day of my life.' 10-year-old Audrey has a secret. A secret she's constantly afraid of social services finding out. So she has fine-tuned her life into becoming one of the best actresses on the planet. As soon as she steps out of the front door, the show is on, and all the world becomes her stage! No-one would ever guess that she is a nurse and doctor for her mum, the family food shopper (and sometimes shoplifter), a medicines collector, and even bedtime-reader for her younger siblings.But when Audrey's mum gets sicker, Audrey becomes determined to find a way of getting her to the best doctor in the best hospital in the country so that she can get better and they won't ever need to be apart and she won't have to worry anymore. The only problem is, it's a dream that will cost her thousands.As Audrey sets about trying to make her dream for her family come true, someone else on the street embarks on a secret mission of their own. One that will alter Audrey's life - and that of her family - forever.

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About the author (2022)

Onjali Q. Rauf is the founder of Making Herstory, an organisation mobilising men, women and children from all walks of life to tackle the abuse and trafficking of women and girls in the UK and beyond. She is also the founder of O's Refugee Aid Team, which provides support for refugee families surviving in Calais and Dunkirk.She is an award-winning and best-selling author of books for children that tackle the issues of today. Her titles include The Boy at the Back of the Class, The Star Outside My Window, The Night Bus Hero, and The Lion Above the Door.

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