The Bubble Boy

Stewart Foster

The Bubble Boy
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The Bubble Boy

Stewart Foster

Amir is mad. He’s crazy. But the hospital wouldn’t let a crazy person in. They must have interviewed him and checked his qualifications. But maybe he didn’t even meet them? Maybe he hasn’t even come from India. He might have arrived on an alien spaceship and snuck in here in the middle of the night.


Eleven-year-old Joe can’t remember a life outside of his hospital room, with its beeping machines and view of London’s rooftops. His condition means he’s not allowed outside, not even for a moment, and his few visitors risk bringing life-threatening germs inside his ‘bubble’. But then someone new enters his world and changes it for ever.

The Bubble Boy is the story of how Joe spends his days, copes with his loneliness and frustrations, and looks - with superhero-style bravery, curiosity and hope - to a future without limits. Expect superheroes, super nurses and a few tears from this truly unique story.

Review

The Bubble Boy is a very sweet read about Joe, who has never left his London hospital room because of a deadly autoimmune disease, so he spends his days chatting online and watching superhero movies. That is, until new nurse Amir comes into his life and things start to change. This book is compelling and sweet, and also vastly hopeful. Although Joe’s situation is hard, Foster creates a full world around him and explores his loneliness and frustrations whilst never losing sight of the importance of hope and curiosity in the world. A beautiful read.


Isobel Moore is the Children’s Book Buyer at Readings St Kilda.

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