The Girl with Space in Her Heart by Lara Williamson
Review by Mrs Fouche
I chose to read this book because I love the play on words in the title. Mabel is a girl who loves space, but she also has a huge space left in her heart when her dad walks out on their family. The story focusses on Mabel getting to grips with her dad no longer being an active part of their family whilst at the same time struggling with a lot of worries which she carries around in an imaginary suitcase. At school she meets another girl whose mother suffers from depression.
These two themes of a young child experiencing anxiety and the effect of an adult’s depression on a child might make for dark reading; yet the writer manages to write with humour and empathy.
I asked my 12-year-old daughter to read the book and her response was very positive as she felt like she understood people experiencing anxiety a lot better and the book again confirmed to her the importance of good and open communication. That, and well, her favourite character in the book being Jupiter…the cat!
A must read suitable for all interested in making sense of change, constellations and life.