Katy by Jacqueline Wilson

By Anna, 30 August 2018

“It was a wonderful feeling, soaring and swinging, as free as a bird. I remembered Mum pushing me on the swings at the park when I was very little.” – Katy


Katy is the oldest, so she gets to boss her siblings around. She is great at inventing imaginary games for her to play with her brothers and sisters. Katy loves swinging as high as she can go on swings, skateboarding and tree climbing. But when a tragedy occurs, she wonders if she will ever feel like flying again.Katy’s life is pretty normal. She lives with her dad, stepmom Izzie, sister Clover, and step-siblings Elsie, Dorry, Jonnie, and Phil and her dog Tyler. Her best friend, Caroline Charlotte (AKA Cecy), is her neighbour. She does normal big sister things; goes on picnics in secret gardens, plays celebrity games with Cecy and Clover, etc. But when she has a terrible accident, her world is turned upside down.

When Katy is swinging from a rope, the rope breaks and she falls and injures her back. She ends up being told that she will have to use a wheelchair for the rest of her life. Katy is heartbroken- she knows that she will probably never be able to skateboard or climb another tree for the rest of her life. When she has a dream where she walks and wakes up realising that it was a dream, she’s even more sad. With the support from her family and friends, she realises that she has to learn to live with her disability and overcome her challenges.

I liked Katy because I can relate to her for example, like me, she thinks her siblings are real pains sometimes. I enjoyed reading this book and I recommend it for others.

For ages 8 and up.

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