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My Other Life - Polly Ho-Yen

This is a lovely book about a girl called Mae living with asthma, who makes frequent, frightening visits to hospital as a result of her condition. Faced one day with the prospect of visiting an alternative world through a portal where she could live WITHOUT asthma, she has to weigh up the pros and cons of what else might change and what option to choose.

A heartwarming and thought-provoking book about choices, consequences and facing challenges, this would be a great book to use in classrooms as a prompt for discussions about health, making choices etc.

I believe the reading notes for this book were created by CLPE (@CLPE1), so high quality and well-thought out, and that it is part of a series of books from Bloomsbury aimed at developing readers, with complex issues dealt with through captivativating stories and content - there is a list of questions to use at the end. Chapters are relatively short, so this would be equally good to use as a class read-aloud or as an independent text, and there is relief and addition to the text with frequent illustrations throughout.

I'm a big fan of Polly Ho-Yen already, and am adding this to the list of recommended reads in my classroom next year!

Text links: (similar themes of portal stories/challenges/choices and consequences)

  • The Subtle Knife - Philip Pullman

  • The Midnight Library - Matt Haig

  • The Wild Way Home - Sophie Kirtley

Thanks to:

NetGalley for the eARC (@NetGalleyUK)

Polly Ho-Yen (@bookhorse)

Bloomsbury Publishing (@KidsBloomsbury)

Review August 2020 by Rich Simpson (@richreadalot)

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Aug 10, 2020

Sounds like an absolutely amazing book. I'm already in love with the character and the book itself just by reading your review Rich. Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂

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