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The bubble boy

The bubble boy

Foster, Stewart, 1963- author

Eleven-year-old Joe can't remember a life outside of his hospital room, with its beeping machines and view of London's rooftops. His condition means he's not allowed outside, not even for a moment, and his few visitors risk bringing life-threatening germs inside his 'bubble'. But then someone new enters his world and changes it for ever. 'The Bubble Boy' is the story of how Joe spends his days, copes with his loneliness and frustrations, and looks - with superhero-syle bravery, curiosity and hope - to a future without limits

Paperback, Book. English. Fiction 9+. Children's stories. General.
Published London: Simon & Schuster, 2016
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Statement of responsibility: Stewart Foster
ISBN: 1471145409, 9781471145407
Intended audience: Juvenile.
Physical Description: 318 pages ; 20 cm


One thing we know about good books is their amazing ability to inspire empathy in the reader; to explore ideas and viewpoints that arise from experiences that are out of our own realm. The Bubble Boy does this with warmth, quirkiness and a light-hearted touch.
The Guardian||'Poignant, hopeful and heartbreaking’
The Bookseller||Heartbreaking in its simple affirmation of the importance of embracing what makes life worth living
Daily Mail||Deeply moving and utterly gripping . . . Stewart Foster carries off an astonishing feat of storytelling in this exceptional book||‘A gripping and deeply moving book’||‘Brimming with heart and soul, The Bubble Boy is a life-affirming story of a boy with superhero-sized dreams who longs for a chance to be brave. I cheered and cried and hoped – for Joe, and for the amazing people in his life who care enough to be heroes right alongside him. Simply wonderful.’||One of the best books that I've read this year||The Bubble Boy will speak to many readers, as they might find it is their similarity to Joe that surprises them, despite their apparently dramatic differences
Booktrust||For many readers, this will be one of the best – the most moving and thought-provoking – books they read this year…5 stars won't be enough
Bookbag||An uplifting, positively life-affirming story with a very memorable hero
Parents in Touch||A heart-warming story teens and adults alike will love
Family Traveller magazine||Never before have I experienced such an emotional attachment to a character…Stewart Foster has created a character who will steal your heart and possess your thoughts, you will get completely lost in this fantastic tale
Book Lover Jo||I'm not much of a book person myself, however reading this book may have changed that as this was one of the only books I didn't want to put down. From the very beginning to the very end this was by far one of the best books I have read.
Totally Tween||Funny, sweet and emotionally bruising, The Bubble Boy is incredibly affecting