Kid’s Book Review: Coming Up For Air

Kid’s Book Review: Coming Up For Air

About the Book and Author

This is a feel-good story with a scenic coastal setting written by Lou Abercrombie.

When Coco moves to the seaside town where her mum grew up, she’s excited to make friends and find out more about the family her mum has kept from her. What she doesn’t expect is to be met with resentment from the community. Whatever secrets her mum’s hiding, they run deep.


Coming Up For Air

Lou Abercrombie left Durham University with a First Class Maths degree before getting a job in television in London.  FIG SWIMS THE WORLD was her debut novel and is inspired by her love of wild swimming and is also published by Little Tiger Press.


Book Review

recommended to anyone who wants to read a book that will make them smile

The first thing I noticed about the book was the cover. It was so pretty and it made me want to read the book more. Later on in the book I realised how much it looked like where the book was set, which is a credit to both the writing of the setting and the illustration.

One of my favourite things about the book was the setting. It made the story even better because of all the history in the bay made the whole thing make more sense and it made everything in the book have its own story.

The only thing I found slightly disappointing was that the blurb made it sound like towards the end there would be a lot of action and a huge disaster, but in reality it wasn’t as exciting.

Another thing I liked about the book was the way the characters were presented. Throughout the story, small details were added to the characters which made them more believable and mostly more likeable. They were written in a way that made me side with the narrator’s views of them.

In the book, Coco and her mum are forced to leave their house in the city and move in with her uncle. Coco was at first unhappy about the move but is then excited to explore where her mum grew up, coco sets out to make some new friends but finds herself ignored by all but some.  She did not expect the history of the town to get in her way . Her love of swimming is the only way she can begin to make friends with the locals.

History separates the people of Piscary Bay and Coco makes it her mission to bring everyone together and all is going well until she and two friends get stuck in the sea. Will Piscary Bay’s history actually repeat itself ?

I would recommend it to anyone over the age of 11 and to anyone who wants to read a book to make them smile.


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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Isabelle
  • Age: 13 years
  • Likes: football, art and writing
  • Dislikes: mushroom and Star Wars
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