My Heart is Laughing


Friendship issues in school take up a lot of time. Their meaningfulness cannot be denied.  Despite ‘My Heart is Laughing‘ and its predecessor, My Happy Life, being text level ideal for new readers, both books demonstrate a weighty respect for the concerns and experiences of this age group.

Although Dani tries to focus on the bright side of her life, she aches for her best friend Ella, who has moved away. Ella’s absence hurts. Dani’s explanation and the way she deals with her loss appear reasonable. However, as she tries, uncertainly, to find her feet within her school peer group, disaster strikes.

There is much to discuss and think ‘ My Heart is Laughing‘ Are the actions of Dani, Vicky and Mickey, and their teacher justified, for example? Did Dani’s father react in the best way? Is the drama concluded satisfactorily.

This is intelligent writing for intelligent readers who will connect to this real story that focuses upon situations and experiences with which they will be familiar.

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My Heart is Laughing

Rose Lagercrantz and Eva Eriksson

(Gecko Press)

‘My Heart is Laughing‘ is the second instalment of the wonderful ‘My Happy Life‘ series. Dani is preoccupied by best friend Ella who has moved to Northbrook. It feels like Ella’s absence is causing her heart to break. Is there anything that can make her feel better? Might it be that writing down what makes her happy will help? What about meeting up with Ella anew?
While watching Vicky and Mickey and realising that she is no longer a part of a pair, Dani flounders. She wonders about Ella and whether she has found another faithful friend. It seems as though nobody understands her grief.
My Heart if Laughing is a respectful, accessible and authentic story about friendship. Furthermore, it is part of a superb translated series from Sweden about which Bookwagon is smitten. We suggest that this title and the other books are an ideal selection for newer, less confident readers. Not only is the subject matter relatable, but the characters are so carefully drawn that we understand and know them. Therefore we feel how Dani feels and long for some resolution for her and Ella. Furthermore, we are frustrated by the actions of the adults, too! This is considered, empathetic, masterful storytelling.


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