Synopsis from HarperCollins:
A beautifully written, incredibly original and wickedly funny novel for readers of 10 and older – BLOOM is for everyone who has ever felt like they didn’t fit in, and for anyone who has ever wanted a little more colour and wildness in their lives…
Sorrel Fallowfield is growing up – in a REALLY surprising way…
Sorrel Fallowfield is so good at being good that teachers come to her when they need help remembering the school rules – and there are LOTS.
Luckily, Sorrel doesn’t have any trouble following them, until the day she discovers a faded packet of Surprising Seeds buried under a tree in her backyard.
Now she’s hearing voices, seeing things, experiencing an almost unstoppable urge to plant the Seeds in some very unusual places… and completely failing to win her school’s competition to find The Most Obedient Child of the School.
And all that’s before flowers start growing out of her head…
About: Bloom is a middle grade fantasy written by Nicola Skinner and illustrated by Flavia Sorrentino. It will be published on 3/16/2021 by HarperCollins Children’s Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, hardcover, 368 pages. The genres are magical realism, middle grade fiction, science & nature, and fantasy. This book is the author’s debut and it’s intended for readers ages 10 and above. According to the publisher’s website, “Harper 360 is our global publishing initiative, publishing books in English from HarperCollins UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and India offices and books in Spanish from HarperCollins Iberica and Mexico offices. We publish in all genres of adult, children’s and YA books, and in all formats—print, e-book, and digital audio.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Bloom on 2/25/2021 and finished it on 3/2/2021. This book was a fantastic read! The story was definitely unique. I loved the humor, from the headmaster’s nostrils to the gale whipping your hair around comparable to a hairdresser trying out a new hairdryer. I loved the author’s way with words. The characters were well developed and it made you love some and dislike others. Sid was such a sweet person and his comment about needing friends. I loved the cover and it helped me to easily imagine as the sprouts started happening within the story.
This book started out with a warning from Sorrel about a potential infection readers may get for holding this book. Then the story began, told in the first person point of view, following Sorrel, 11. She’s a good student and rules abiding and her school is not short on rules. She made her mom’s life easy by doing what she’s told. In school, she’s known as Good Girl Sorrel, but some mean girl changed it to Suck-up Sorrel. The school hosted a competition on who will be the most obedient child and Sorrel knew she could easily won it since she’s Head of Year twice but from her encounter with the mysterious package of seeds in her backyard, she’s been losing her strides. She forgot to iron her clothes before school and that never happened. She couldn’t tell her mom what’s going on with her but luckily she has her best friend Neena to experience it with. There are illustrations popped up in various pages of the book and it tickled me every time. I loved it!
Bloom was very well written and a fast paced read! Gardening is cool in this new light and I liked how Neena embraced it all. The diversity in this book was appreciated. I loved the atmosphere of a family owned store so I’m motivated to look up some to visit next. The countryside with rivers and wildlife sounds wonderful and I can’t wait to visit one. I didn’t realize I am surrounded by concrete most of the times. I love a happy ending and I’m glad this story has one. I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
Tag Lines: fast paced, humor, diversity, friendship, illustrations, cover-love, gardening
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Nicola Skinner worked as a copywriter and journalist before turning to novels. Bloom is her first book for children. (Photo obtained from the author’s website and info obtained from HarperCollins’ website).