• Book Review,  Reviews

    Q&A with Kim Hood – author of Finding A Voice

    Today I am joined by the author Kim Hood to talk about her debut book Finding a Voice, which I absolutely adored and came out via O’Brien Press on August 11th. You can read my review of it here. Your book, Finding A Voice, focuses on mental illness, coping with the pressures of life and the idea that people don’t always come across as being the way you expect them to be, how did the story come about and was there any major inspiration for the book? I truly am not sure how the story came about.  I suppose like any story, it came from my experiences in life weaving in…

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    Finding a Voice: Friendship is a Two Way Street – Kim Hood

    “One, two, three, four. I started counting the steps as soon as my feet left the drive. At first, walking so quickly I could barely keep count, but counting nonetheless. Pouring all of my consciousness into keeping count, blocking any other thought out. Thirteen, fourteen, fifteen. Opening one finger at a time when I got to the two-syllable numbers to make sure I didn’t lose track of how many steps I had taken.” Jo is so used to keeping her head down and getting on with life that she doesn’t always see things clearly. Between looking after her mum and avoiding the mean kids at school she tries to keep…

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    El Deafo – Cece Bell

    Starting a new school is always scary. But try being Cece, a first grader going to a school for ‘normal’ kids after spending kindergarden with those just like her. You see Cece is deaf. She needs hearing aids just to be able to hear a person and even then she cant understand them a lot of the time. Now she has the Phonic Ear, which is massive and will make the other kids stare. Whats worse is that the teacher has to wear a microphone and Cece has to explain why in front of everyone. Cece struggles to make friends who see her for her and not for her differences…