How to Be Me


Lucas’s Dad has not spoken about Lucas’s mother’s death. While Lucas grieves, his father works hard and enrols Lucas in activities, and he’s cared for by au pairs. Vanessa is Lucas’ soon to be stepmother. At the engagement party, Lucas evades the celebration, where he’s expected to demonstrate his piano prowess and seeks sanctuary with his cats.

Mowgli and Tiger were gifts from his mother. Lucas recalls his mother tracing his fingers beneath hers as they played the piano  keys together. Now, despite his abilities, his favourite piano playing time is creating his own tunes as he works out his days and imaginings, improvising on the grand piano in the ballroom.

Yet that space is invaded by Keely and Robbie after Lucas lets it slip its presence in a drama club game. While Lucas avoids her, he is also curious. It’s not long before he becomes involved in her family, with the family’s baking business, realising how families bustle and jostle, mess and spill, while loving and appreciating each other always.

Is it possible that Keely’s family and then the drama club also, might offer Lucas a way to discover How to Be Me? Then, how does that rest with Lucas’s father and his expectations of him? How is it possible for Lucas to reach his father?

Bookwagon loves the books of Cath Howe and is delighted to welcome this heartwarming, sympathetic and enlightened title to the fold.

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How to Be Me

Cath Howe

(Nosy Crowe)

Lucas is not sure How to Be Me. It seems anything he tries results in his father’s disapproval, from the length of his hair to no participating at a bridal fair. Lucas’ father has not talked to him about his mother’s death yet now he’s supposed to welcome Vanessa, his father’s fiancé, into his life.  It seems as though even his piano playing agitates Lucas’s father.
Thereafter, Lucas’s father has enrolled him in a local drama scheme over the summer holidays. While his father and Vanessa work, Lucas is in the care of a new au pair. Furthermore, he’ll be mixing with people he doesn’t know in an activity about which he has no interest. It seems a far cry from his house with its ballroom and grand piano where Lucas dreams up tunes and works out his feelings and dreams. Yet, what if somebody breaks into Lucas’s haven? Thereafter, what if they rollerbladed through the ballroom while their toddler brother splurged upon Dad’s peacock rug?
Could that somebody becomes such an irritating curiosity that Lucas needs to explore their world? There is laughter and shouting and crushing and arguments, but a family!  Is it possible that this discovery might stir something in Lucas and offer him purpose such as he’s not felt for years. Might the drama group charge his piano playing in ways that he’s hidden? Might Lucas realise How to Be Me? 
We are in safe hands with Cath Howe who creates tales that explore real feelings and fears, as in Ella on the Outside and Not My Fault. Bookwagon is delighted to welcome a third title from this acclaimed, award-winning writer.

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