Sapphire

Rated 5.00/5 based on 5 reviews
The author of this book, Rebecca Hammett, is ten and this is her first book.

It is a lively, humorous story about teenage Sapphire and her friends. It will appeal to girls who like spending time with their friends, doing gymnastics, trying out nail polishes, clothes and make-up, or girls who have ever dreamed about joining a circus!

It contains laughter, drama, emotion - and fun!
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About Rebecca Hammett

Rebecca is ten. This is her first book. She attends Leighton Middle School in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire. Her favourite author is Jacqueline Wilson.

In her spare time, when she is not writing, Becca likes to spend time with her friends, especially her best friend, Ellie, try out nail polishes, play on her laptop, and do gym.

She's working on some short stories at the moment.

Reviews

Review by: CarolASMP on May 20, 2014 : (no rating)
Excellent book, very well written with wonderful descriptions of places, outfits and emotions. Sapphire has an exciting life, will there be a sequel? Look forward to more of Rebecca's writing.
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Review by: Natasha Mostert on May 15, 2014 :
Rebecca Hammett is a young author with a remarkable eye for detail and atmosphere. The voice of Sapphire, her likeable young heroine, is pitch perfect as she talks of the things teenage girls enjoy: nail polish, fashion, gymnastics, circus adventures and the bonds of friendship.

But I was also struck by the maturity of some of Hammett's descriptions, where the language is taut and beautifully pared down:

"I liked the reassuring sound of children playing, people talking, birds singing, animals calling and the fresh wind fluttering."

She also has an ability to create tension and a sense of mystery:

'Poor Diamond, screaming silently into empty air. I felt like I wanted to scream too. '

'I didn’t like the look of the blacked-out windows, the gnarled trees, the fading red bricks, the huge scuttling black spiders crawling over the path I was standing on, the garden tiles layered in thick dust and mud and dirt, and the door coated in dust so it looked a permanent brown, not cheery red.'

This young author is one to watch!
Review by Natasha Mostert, author of Season of the Witch
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Review by: NureyevsWalkingStick on May 01, 2014 :
Rebecca, please please keep writing! This is a really special book, seriously well done.
Also keep on noticing small details about people and playing around with words, because you're very good at it. Really like some of the imagery you've got there- like 'the dark blue and the purple fought it out in my head', that was great.
I can see Jacqueline Wilson's influence in your work but think you might just have the edge ;-)
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Review by: Sparklegirl123 on May 01, 2014 : (no rating)
This is a lovely book, unbelievable that it was written by a 10 year old! It's very well written and enjoyable.
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Review by: Michael Morris on April 29, 2014 :
This is an amazing book for such a young author. I love the interactions, the characterisation and the fresh imagery.
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