Kid’s Book Review: The Light in Everything

Kid’s Book Review: The Light in Everything

About the Book and Author

Tom is still quiet and timid, even though his dad has been gone for nearly two years now. Zofia has a raging storm that makes her want to fight the whole world until she gets what she wants. And what she wants is for scaredy-cat Tom to get out of her life. Tom hates loud, unpredictable Zofia just as much, but he’s moving into Zofia’s house. Because his mum and Zofia’s dad are in love… and they’re having a baby.

Tom and Zofia both wish the stupid baby had never happened. But then Tom’s mum gets ill, and it begins to look horribly like their wish might come true…

Katya Balen author

Katya Balen is an award-winning author of books for children. Her debut novel, The Space We’re In, was highly commended for the Branford Boase Award, October, October won the Yoto Carnegie Medal and the UKLA Book Award, and The Light in Everything was shortlisted for the Yoto Carnegie Medal

Book Review

his book is so powerful and it really did capture my imagination

I loved this book because it shows how some relationships work. I really liked how it was from two different perspectives of children’s lives and their feelings.

It was really cool how it captured my imagination and I felt like I was one of their friends in the story. I was so happy that they found love and how it worked out in the end.

The storyline was based on how their parents met as the boy’s dad left and the girl’s mum died a few years before. They didn’t get along at the start and they ignored each other but in the end they have a good relationship.

The girl was like a storm cloud and the boy was quiet and shy from being bullied at his old school. The boy was also afraid of the dark and the girl showed no sign of being afraid, only being brave and strong.

This book is so powerful and it really did capture my imagination. It is so descriptive and has very powerful vocabulary. It is definitely a good book to read and I inspire other children my age to do so.

This book teaches us that we all often have difficult situations in life but you can get through them by being strong and by staying true to yourself!! (❁´◡`❁)

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Chloe
  • Age: 11 years
  • Likes: Swimming, maths and being kind to others
  • Dislikes: sprouts and unkindness
  • Favourite Book: Into the Volcano by Jess Butterworth
  • Favourite Song: SiX by Six
  • Favourite Movie: The Last Song