The Grand, Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler by Lisa Shanahan
Henry Hoobler is not only super cautious about everything, but he’s also one of the world’s great catastrophisers! Henry is paralysed by anxiety and fear of most things; while family and friends enjoy everything a summer holiday by the beach has to offer, all he can think of is sharks and creepy crawlies. But when he meets the gregarious young Cassie, Henry makes a decision that will change his outlook forever.
What I loved about this endearing story is the author’s easy, flowing style, authentic characters and situations, all imbibed with a natural humour. This is a fun-filled, heart-warming tale exploring themes of anxiety, courage and friendship. It’s perfect for independent readers who enjoy a realistic adventure story – especially for any child who needs to conquer their fears and discover their inner Henry!
A great read-aloud story for the whole family and highly recommended for ages 7 and up.
Athina Clarke is a Children’s & YA Book Specialist at Readings Malvern.