Family secrets, circus folk and a school for misfits - a young girl goes in search of her past in this hilarious, captivating debut
Claudia doesn't know where she comes from. Sonia and Claude, her adoptive parents, don't want her knowing anything about her past - they won't even tell her how she got the burn that covers most of her face. But when she receives a mysterious message on her 11th birthday, everything starts to change...
Soon Claudia is sent to The Cruet Establishment for Lost and Wayward Children, a boarding school for those who don't fit in. At first, she finds a world of intimidating teachers, unfair rules and truly disgusting soup, but before long Claudia begins to befriend her unusual peers, including a feral boy who was raised by a lion. All the while, she receives more cryptic messages that seem to bring her closer to discovering her true identity.
Full of magic, mystery and humour, School for Nobodies is a delightful debut of friendship, self-discovery and the importance of family - those we are born into and those we make.
By the time she hit her teens, Susie Bower had lived in 8 houses and attended 7 schools. This theme continued in her working life: she's been a teacher, a tour-guide, a typist, a workshop facilitator, a PA and a painter. She formerly wrote and directed TV programmes for children at the BBC and Channel 4, for which she won a BAFTA Award, and she currently writes audio scripts. School for Nobodies is her debut novel. Susie lives in Bristol.
Children’s & educational
Children's, Teenage & educational