Allison doesn’t want to be found in Marla’s shed. She has left home, just as Kelly- Anne did before. Nobody ever stays with Allison’s Dad, and therefore Allison. Yet somehow, Allison hoped that Kelly- Anne, who offered her fun and hope and warmth, might make it better… Without Kelly- Anne, there was no hope, only more of Dad’s rules and anger.
Now, Allison has become ‘Toffee‘, someone Marla remembers from a time before. Marla doesn’t remember very much. She seeks Mary, but Allison has no idea who Mary might be. When Marla’s son or the health visitor come to the house, Allison hides. She goes to the beach and tries to forge. All the time she remembers Dad and school, and wonders about her mother, and then about Kelly- Anne, and what might happen next. What is the future for Allison?
‘Toffee’ is a heart-breaking story. We are drawn into Allison’s circumstances, needing her to be safe and secure and loved. We feel her fear, solitude and hurt. Where is Kelly-Anne? Will anyone discover her at Marla’s? Where is a safe place for Allison to call home? How long can she stay with Marla?
‘Toffee’ is recommended for older readers. It is the winner of the Books are My Bag Young Adult Fiction Award.