Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Blog Tour | NORAH’S ARK by Victoria Williamson

by Victoria Williamson
Publication: August 29, 2023
Publisher: Neem Tree Press
Genre: Middle-Grade
Rating: ★★★★★

Two very different lives. One shared hope for a brighter future. No time to waste. The flood is coming...

Eleven-year-old Norah Day lives in temporary accommodation, relies on foodbanks for dinner, and doesn't have a mum. But she's happy enough, as she has a dad, a pet mouse, a pet spider, and a whole zoo of rescued local wildlife to care for. Eleven-year-old Adam Sinclair lives with his parents in a nice house with a big garden, a private tutor, and everything he could ever want. But his life isn't perfect - far from it. He's recovering from leukaemia and is questioning his dream of becoming a champion swimmer. When a nest of baby birds brings them together, Norah and Adam discover they're not so different after all. Can Norah help Adam find his confidence again? Can Adam help Norah solve the mystery of her missing mother? And can their teamwork save their zoo of rescued animals from the rising flood? Offering powerful lessons in empathy, Norah's Ark is a hopeful and uplifting middle-grade tale for our times about friendship and finding a sense of home in the face of adversity.

I owe the privilege of reading this book from @The_WriteReads / @WriteReadsTours, and Neem Tree Press. This is my stop for NORA’S ARK Blog Tour.

I am a huge fan of Middle-Grade books. They can help pre-teens in processing their emotions and developing empathy. And books like Norah’s Ark are not only for kids, it’s for adults too. That’s why I cannot recommend it highly enough. Middle-Grade books are game changer for parents and guardians. It holds up a mirror, we can see how our kids view us.

Eleven-year-olds Norah and Adam, have an affinity for animal rescue. However, while Adam lives in the affluent side of the community, life is hard for both Norah and her dad. Renting a temporary room at a B & B, living on government assistance and food banks, they are keen on waiting when “luck” will come their way again. The Sinclair’s is not a happy nest either. After months of fighting with leukaemia, Adam’s family has drifted apart, and Adam wants nothing more than to stitch his family back together again.

I love that this is a first-person narrative, coming from both Norah and Adam, because it becomes more personal and sincere. I am currently living in a city where homelessness and food bank shortages is a current big issue. And I am grateful to this book for spreading awareness. With such hard-hitting topics, I commend Victoria Williamson for making this book a light and easy read.

My recommendation is that YOU gift yourself with a copy of this book, NOW.


About the Author:
Victoria Williamson is an award-winning author who grew up in Scotland surrounded by hills, books, and an historical farm estate which inspired many of her early adventure stories and spooky tales. After studying Physics at the University of Glasgow, she set out on her own real-life adventures, which included teaching math and science in Cameroon, training teachers in Malawi, teaching English in China and working with children with additional support needs in the UK. Victoria currently works part time writing KS2 books for the education company Twinkl and spends the rest of her time writing novels, and visiting schools, libraries and literary festivals to give author talks and run creative writing workshops.

Victoria’s previous novels include The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle, The Boy with the Butterfly Mind, Hag Storm, and War of the Wind. She has won the Bolton Children’s Fiction Award 2020/2021, The YA-aldi Glasgow Secondary School Libraries Book Award 2023, and has been shortlisted for the Week Junior Book Awards 2023, The Leeds Book Awards 2023, the Red Book Award 2023, the James Reckitt Hull Book Awards 2021, The Trinity School Book Awards 2021, and longlisted for the ABA South Coast Book Awards 2023, the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2020, and the Branford Boase Award 2019.

Her latest novel, The Pawnshop of Stolen Dreams, is a middle grade fantasy inspired by classic folklore. Twenty percent of the author royalties for this book are donated to CharChar Literacy, an organisation working to improve children’s literacy levels in Malawi. You can find out more about Victoria’s books, school visits and free resources for schools on her website:


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